Ice cream parlour one of council’s HQ tenants

Aldo Gallone in the new ice cream parlour in Kingsthorpe
Aldo Gallone in the new ice cream parlour in Kingsthorpe

The first commercial tenants have been confirmed for the units at Harborough Council’s revamped office building.

Banners revealing the names of the businesses have been unveiled at the Adam and Eve Street building.

A spokesman for the council said: “We are finalising lease agreements for three retailers to trade from The Symington Building.

“Signs for these businesses have been put up on the exterior of The Symington Building but it will be several weeks before work begins on the units.”

But he confirmed the companies as Simply Fresh which will be running a convenience store, I Am Coffee which wwill be operating an espresso and wine bar and Gallone’s which will be opening an ice cream parlour at the site.

The Victorian building, the former home of the R & WH Symington’s corset factory, was reopened to the public in January following a year-long, £5.75million refurbishment.

A key element of the project was to rent commerical units on the ground floor to maximise profit fromits asset.

Gallone’s ice cream is sold in shops across the UK.

Owner Aldo Gallone told the Mail: “If all goes according to plan we are hoping to open in Harborough by June 1.”

The company was founded in 1895 and has been based in Northamptonshire since 1935.

Crowds queued out of the door last July when it opened its first parlour next door to its historic factory shop in Welford Road, Kingsthorpe.

The Harborough branch will stock 32 ice cream flavours, hot and cold drinks and cakes, and will be open seven days a week.

Aldo added: “The success of the Northamptonshire parlour prompted us to look for premises elsewhere and Harborough was our first choice with its historical charm and reputation for supporting independent businesses.”

Simply Fresh was founded in 2009 by brothers Sukhjit and Kash Khera in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

They set up their own brand as an independent retailer and have now expanded to operate 25 stores across England and Wales.

There were no obvious references to a company called I Am Coffee on internet searches but the banner outside the council building says it is an “espresso and wine bar”, although the council press officer referred to it as a coffee shop.