A new Chorlton patisserie has been forced to close its doors just six days after opening to the public, following a burglary that took place in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Le Petit Paris had just opened its doors in Chorlton next door to Tea Hive and had already made a great impression on residents – but now its owner has since been forced to close again after an early morning robbery took place at the shop on Monday 27 December.
The cafe, which serves a range of coffee and delicate, halal French patisseries including pain au chocolat, tarte aux fraises, forêt noire, red fruit pavlova and brioche feuilleté, only opened to the public on 21 December following months of interested inquiries on its Instagram page.
But now, its owner has been forced to close up shop again after thieves broke into the shop and stole a number of items – taking advantage of the quiet streets caused by Christmas holidays and the extended Bank Holiday.
Sharing the news to the cafe’s Instagram page, the cafe wrote: “Someone breaking at the shop this morning… We got Rob few thing.. I will not open for few day or 1 week,,, Sorry for that.”
It’s not the first time Le Petit Paris has been forced to close through no fault of its own, either.
Earlier this year, in February, the cafe shared that the opening would have to be pushed back after someone had set fire to the shop.
At the time, owner Johanna said “It’s heartbreaking to me because it was a dream for me to open a shop and also because we were very close to the opening.
“I was very excited to meet everyone and started a new adventure but it’s not gonna happen for the moment. I would like to say thank you to everyone for your support and your trust.”
Chorltonites have already rallied around the cafe, with one sharing the news to a local Facebook group in a bid to encourage other residents to help support Le Petit Paris when it reopens its doors next week.
Writing to fellow residents, Amal Kathrada said: “Went last Thursday and the food was Amazing and the service was Superb. Unforunately, they got broken into last night so will have to close for a few days. Please try and support local businesses.”
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.