Shalimar Chapel Street
The store's demolition was consented under the outline permission for ECF’s Salford Central masterplan

End nears for Chapel Street stalwart 

Dan Whelan

Salford convenience store Shalimar closed its doors last month after 40 years. An application to trigger its demolition has now been lodged by developer consortium English Cities Fund. 

The recognisable yellow-fronted store had resisted closure and demolition for several years while neighbouring developments including the 173-unit Atelier, and the 97-home Vimto Gardens sprung up on either side of Shalimar on Chapel Street as part of a wider masterplan for the area.

However, the Shalimar building is now due to be levelled subject to Salford City Council approving a demolition statement prepared by Inglenorth Contracting on behalf of English Cities Fund.

ECF is made up of Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England.

The demolition of the Shalimar store was consented under the outline permission for ECF’s Salford Central masterplan, granted in 2010. An application lodged last week seeks to discharge a number of conditions that will allow the work to take place. 

Known as plot E6, the site is earmarked for a four-to-six-storey residential development under the Salford Central masterplan. 

A new public space to be known as St John’s Place is proposed nearby, between plot E6 and Atelier. 

Once complete, the Salford Central masterplan will have delivered around 850 homes.

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Progress hey? Soon the area will have lost all its edge. I used to get my lottery ticket in there on way home from work – always an entertaining event! You won’t miss it until its gone………..

By Anon

This could have been restored to its original condition and used as a really cool focal point. Chapel Street is an aesthetic disaster.

By Observer

Can’t believe the previous comments. Edge? What edge exactly? You can now buy your lottery ticket in the Co-Op two minutes (if that) from here.
The building is an eyesore and even with refurbishment would never have been a cool focal point. Especially when the focal points are all located on the other side of the road. Court building etc…get it demolished!

By Steve