A GLASGOW man is aiming to bring a well known premises on Glaisnock Street back to life by opening a unisex salon at the disused property.

Sharaz Javed, an electrical engineer from North Lanarkshire, has recently purchased 71 Glaisnock Street, above the Coffee Mill, with the intention of restoring it to its former glory as a unisex salon.

Sharaz is now appealing to locals as well as former owners, clients and employees for more information on the history of the building.

Sharaz said: “I first visited Cumnock around 20 years ago. I’m from Yorkshire and when we moved to Scotland, my dad had a good friend here so it was the first place we visited. The building came up and it was so quirky, with loads of little rooms and different parts to the building. I realised it had a lot of history but have been told different things about it.”

Sharaz says the development plans are designed to empower the local community by bringing job opportunities to the area. He is also committed to working with local groups.

Sharaz said: “We’re going to turn it into unisex hair salon with two separate units – a male barbers and two hair stations for females in the larger rooms over Glaisnock Street. We’ll also create two rooms for beauty therapy.

“I’ve always been interested in local community and Cumnock seems like cracking wee place. I will be renting out the chairs, bringing generous incentivised opportunities to local people and I’ll be looking to undertake charitable work from the site on a monthly basis while donating to and sponsoring local groups like nursing homes and the local football team.

“In terms of history, I’d be happy to speak to people who are directly involved in the property or who are familiar with it to find out what it used to be and how they remember it. Anyone aware or involved with this location might be able to provide further insights.”

The salon is currently under the latter stages of renovation with builders having removed around three tonnes of material including entire partition rooms and sprucing the place up with a lick of paint.

Sharaz said: “The salon will be ready to open by the time restrictions are removed and extra care has been taken to implement rules, sanitisers, wipe downs after each customer, visors and screens to ensure clients can enjoy their experience here safe in the knowledge that we are preventing any spread.

“I purchased the property for a number of reasons, but ultimately with the aim to bring a great premise at a great location back to life.”

Contact Sharaz at sharazjaved@hotmail.co.uk

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