TWO businesses that have served countless customers around Leigh town centre will soon close their doors for good.

Aiming to provide something different and bring a taste of Portugal to Leigh, Perola Do Mar launched as a family cafe in 2015 and proved so popular that it expanded into a restaurant a year later.

Often described as a hidden gem, Perola Do Mar is situated on Railway Road and has become a firm favourite in the town.

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Leigh Journal: Inside the Railway Road restaurantInside the Railway Road restaurant (Image: Trip Advisor)
It is the highest-rated Leigh restaurant on Trip Advisor but the restaurant's owners have decided to call it a day and take care of family back home.

While the owners will soon leave the country, they hope that someone can take over the business and continue its life in the community.

Posting the announcement on social media, owner Norberto Da Silva said: "Many of you know us as Perola Do Mar, sadly after nine years we are coming to a close.

"We are wanting to go back home to spend time with family. We appreciate all the amazing five star reviews and awards we have received over the years.

"If anyone would be interested in taking the business over and buying it out, please feel free to message me directly. We are open to offers and ideas."

Leigh Journal: Perola Do Mar opened as a family cafe in 2015Perola Do Mar opened as a family cafe in 2015 (Image: Google Maps)
Following the announcement of Perola Do Mar's closure, another Railway Road business also stated that it will soon close its doors for good.

Trading in Leigh, Atherton, and Hindley for the past six decades, Minster Electrical has operated as one of the leading domestic appliance suppliers across the North West, selling household essentials such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, microwaves, and kettles.

The business has also had a dedicated sound and lighting section of the business, used by many pubs, clubs, and entertainers.

After business partner Eamon Cuthbert passed away in January 2022, the team have decided to close down at the end of the year after persistent difficulties including footfall and the cost of living crisis. 

Leigh Journal: Minster Electronics in 2012Minster Electronics in 2012 (Image: Google Maps)
Also publishing the announcement on social media, a staff member said: "It is with great sadness that at the end of the year Minster Electronics on Railway Road will be closing down after 60 years of trading in Leigh, Hindley & Atherton.

"We would like to thank all our loyal customers and traders who have bought from us over the years.

"Thank you to everyone who has worked and been on this journey with us.

"As many of you will know Eamon Cuthbert Partner in the business sadly passed away on 28th January 2022.

"He spent his whole working life in the business to make it a success and did an amazing job at it. Customers were his number one priority and he would always go the extra mile.

"He would [have] been upset and sad to see the business closing but we hope he will always be remembered through Minster and for the great person he was."