Boxer Amir Khan has revealed his latest business venture to be a one-stop wedding shopping centre in his hometown of Bolton. Amir, 32, has spent £5million refurbishing the venue, which has been empty since 2015, into the destination for all your wedding needs – including a rooftop shisha bar (because why not?). As well as all the shops you could need to arrange every details of your big day, Amir’s wedding mall – the first of its kind in the UK – will also have restaurants, parking for 200 cars and three wedding halls if you want to hold your reception there too. The shopping centre will give the area an economic boost, as it’s expected to create around 200 jobs for residents of the local area.
A spokesperson said: ‘Amir is finishing off the wedding hall and we are hoping to have it all complete by August 2020.’ As well as the wedding business, Amir is also planning to turn the wasteland at the back of the site into housing, having met with Bolton Council to seek planning permission. The spokesperson added: ‘Amir will see the job through and is overwhelmed by the support of all the local community.’
Amir had initially started the project six years ago when he submitted a planning application but suffered a setback in March this year when a fire in the empty building damaged building materials.
The fighter shared a series of images of the progress of his mall on Instagram, telling fans: ‘All stages of exterior now completed on my Project in Bolton. Interior fit out time.
‘This 60.000 sq ft building has Restaurants + cafes, retail units, wedding halls and roof top Shisha lounge and the UK’s First Wedding Mall. Over 200 jobs for locals. Suggestions on names for this building?’ It doesn’t sound like it will be long until we finally get a look at the inside of the mall and find out which shops will be coming on board, too.