Leeds barbers welcomes first customers back after horror crash

A Leeds barber shop whose premises were wiped out after a car smashed through the front window has opened its doors again after a ten-month rebuild and refurbishment.

By Daniel Sheridan
Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 4:30 pm

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Phil Townend, who founded Philip Nicholas barbers eight years ago, is welcoming customers back to his premises on Bradford Road, Stanningley.

“It’s been ten long months since the accident,” he said.

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(L to R): Jimmy Wegg, barber and Phil Townend, owner and barber, outside the rebuilt and refurbished Philip Nicholas barber shop in Stanningley

“We’d only been open six weeks after the third lockdown when the car went through our shop frontage in June 2021.

"The damage was extensive, the ceiling had to be propped up and the collision also took out two internal walls.”

Following the horror smash, local business owner Steven Lightfoot from Pudsey Computers started a JustGiving appeal for the two businesses housed in the premises, Philip Nicholas barbers and Creating Utopia tattoo studio, which raised over £3,000.

Phil added: “The money raised made a huge difference and allowed us to get through those first few challenging weeks, where we didn’t know if the business could survive.

Jimmy Wegg, barber and Phil Townend, owner and barber, inside the rebuilt and refurbished Philip Nicholas barber shop in Stanningley

"Madison Offices on Richard Road in Pudsey offered us a space for free for the first few weeks and we were there for ten months!

"We are so grateful to them, and to Steven, for what they did, coming to our rescue in our hour of need.”

Phil and his team offer a wide range of barbering services including skin fades, longer hair, head shaves, beard trims, hot towel shaves and male grooming.

“We are so excited to be back in our barbers’ shop," Phil added.

“It’s been fully reconfigured and has a totally different look and feel. It will take our clients' experience of the barber shop to another level.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming customers, old and new, back to our rightful place.”