Records, beer and ham on offer at new city shop bid

RECORD DEAL: Keith Wildman who hopes to open a new vinyl cafe

RECORD DEAL: Keith Wildman who hopes to open a new vinyl cafe

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

VINYL records, real ale...and hamis the eclectic mix offered up in new bar proposed for Bradford city centre.

The man behind the plans hopes his scheme will be approved by Bradford Council and continue the transformation of North Parade into a thriving independent quarter.

Keith Wildman, a Bradfordian who used to work in the city's wool trade before moving into public relations, has applied to turn an empty unit into The Record Cafe.

The idea came to him after this year's Record Store Day, when he realised music fans should not have to travel out of the city to go record shopping.

He has now submitted a planning application to the Council for the change of use of the former recruitment consultants into a charcuterie deli, real ale and craft beer cafe and vinyl record shop.

The venture will be supported by the Council's City Centre Growth Zone initiative, started to help bring businesses into the city.

Mr Wildman said: "I always fancied running a pub and I've always been into music. I was at Record Store Day in April and thought 'why don't we have any shops like this in Bradford?'

"I thought it might be a good idea to open a record store and cafe, and the more I thought about it the better it sounded.

"It won't be second-hand records, it will be new records and an alternative to music lovers buying things from Amazon. It would be great for people to be queing down North Parade on Record Store Day waiting for it to open.

"If everything goes through then we're hoping to open some time in November.

"I really wanted to open this business in Bradford, it is the type of business you couldn't do if the place wasn't right."

He expects the new business to create around five jobs.

The plans were drawn up by David Craig, the agent behind the recently approved Bradford Brewery and bar on Rawson Road.

The application says: "The proposals will help contribute to the emerging bar scene located on North Parade."

Despite the popularity of music downloading, records have enjoyed a resurgance in recent years. The annual Record Store Day event regularly sees thousands of music lovers flock to the country's few remaining independent record stores to pic up exclusive releases.

A decision on the application is expected in early October.

Last month the street's traders held the first North Parade Independent Street Party, which proved so popular it will is set to become an annual event.

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7:01am Sat 16 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I hope this come off. North parade is becoming a vibrant part of the city, and a great alternative for a night out away from all the nobheads round the west end.
I hope this come off. North parade is becoming a vibrant part of the city, and a great alternative for a night out away from all the nobheads round the west end. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 39

8:31am Sat 16 Aug 14

Nantwich Bantam says...

I'm not sure what's better. This terrific venture of a bar that serves two of my favourite things (beer & ham products) or the owners shoes!! Good Luck!! :)
I'm not sure what's better. This terrific venture of a bar that serves two of my favourite things (beer & ham products) or the owners shoes!! Good Luck!! :) Nantwich Bantam
  • Score: 27

10:06am Sat 16 Aug 14

bingleybantam says...

This is just the type of business Bradford needs to offer. Something different from the usual identical high streets you get in every other City in the UK. Good Luck!
This is just the type of business Bradford needs to offer. Something different from the usual identical high streets you get in every other City in the UK. Good Luck! bingleybantam
  • Score: 24

10:25am Sat 16 Aug 14

BigFigure says...

Great venture which deserves success. Good luck,Keith
Great venture which deserves success. Good luck,Keith BigFigure
  • Score: 26

11:16am Sat 16 Aug 14

spionkop64 says...

Perfect fit for North Parade. Surely a no-brainer for the planners? Good luck to the owner, he's taking a punt on Bradford which is refereshing.

I hope the owner of the City Gent opposite will up his game and get the pub open proper hours (at the moment it closes about 8pm Mon-Thurs).

A decent late night curry house or Caribbean restaurant would make a killing on North Parade, especially if it was licenced.

Anyway, great news, onwars and upwards on North Parade.
Perfect fit for North Parade. Surely a no-brainer for the planners? Good luck to the owner, he's taking a punt on Bradford which is refereshing. I hope the owner of the City Gent opposite will up his game and get the pub open proper hours (at the moment it closes about 8pm Mon-Thurs). A decent late night curry house or Caribbean restaurant would make a killing on North Parade, especially if it was licenced. Anyway, great news, onwars and upwards on North Parade. spionkop64
  • Score: 21

11:34am Sat 16 Aug 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Nantwich Bantam wrote:
I'm not sure what's better. This terrific venture of a bar that serves two of my favourite things (beer & ham products) or the owners shoes!! Good Luck!! :)
Got to disagree, the shoes and vinyl.
[quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure what's better. This terrific venture of a bar that serves two of my favourite things (beer & ham products) or the owners shoes!! Good Luck!! :)[/p][/quote]Got to disagree, the shoes and vinyl. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 13

1:25am Sun 17 Aug 14

Jon L 67 says...

Empty store front v Cafe/bar/record store? Sounds like a no brainer for the Council.
Any Bradford native taking a punt on his own city deserves a chance. Urban renewal is invariably organic rather than planned by committees. One successful business begets another. It's happened in other towns and cities and it could happen in Bradford.

Good luck Mr Wildman and the good people of Bradford.
Empty store front v Cafe/bar/record store? Sounds like a no brainer for the Council. Any Bradford native taking a punt on his own city deserves a chance. Urban renewal is invariably organic rather than planned by committees. One successful business begets another. It's happened in other towns and cities and it could happen in Bradford. Good luck Mr Wildman and the good people of Bradford. Jon L 67
  • Score: 25

10:47pm Sun 17 Aug 14

SinnerSaint says...

I had to check whether it was April 1st after reading this!

Alcohol and pork? Just the type of place that Bradford's burgeoning population of young chemical sales executives is crying out for!
I had to check whether it was April 1st after reading this! Alcohol and pork? Just the type of place that Bradford's burgeoning population of young chemical sales executives is crying out for! SinnerSaint
  • Score: -20

1:23pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Jimmyboogalooo says...

SinnerSaint wrote:
I had to check whether it was April 1st after reading this!

Alcohol and pork? Just the type of place that Bradford's burgeoning population of young chemical sales executives is crying out for!
Ive not bothered reading the article but the headline screams racism to me.
Alcohol and Pork ! On the same street as the Consulate General of the Islamic republic of Pakistan?
Im ashamed to be British. How about a little consideration for other people?
[quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: I had to check whether it was April 1st after reading this! Alcohol and pork? Just the type of place that Bradford's burgeoning population of young chemical sales executives is crying out for![/p][/quote]Ive not bothered reading the article but the headline screams racism to me. Alcohol and Pork ! On the same street as the Consulate General of the Islamic republic of Pakistan? Im ashamed to be British. How about a little consideration for other people? Jimmyboogalooo
  • Score: -21

1:55pm Mon 18 Aug 14

The Golfer says...

The Once Great City of Bradford is at last making an effort to restore its fantastic values, the resurgence of North Parade with people like Keith Wildman at its helm is a step in the right direction. with a lot of hard work
and dedication by Keith and the other entrepreneurs establishing themselves in the North Parade Quarter, pride in our city will be restored.
The Once Great City of Bradford is at last making an effort to restore its fantastic values, the resurgence of North Parade with people like Keith Wildman at its helm is a step in the right direction. with a lot of hard work and dedication by Keith and the other entrepreneurs establishing themselves in the North Parade Quarter, pride in our city will be restored. The Golfer
  • Score: 16

8:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Mr Bradford says...

city on the up!
city on the up! Mr Bradford
  • Score: 4

10:27am Tue 9 Sep 14

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck Keith, such good things happening in Bradford at the minute. Great idea which will add to what is becoming a fantastic independent quarter of the city. Brilliant stuff!!!!!
Good luck Keith, such good things happening in Bradford at the minute. Great idea which will add to what is becoming a fantastic independent quarter of the city. Brilliant stuff!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Wed 10 Sep 14

Keith Wildman says...

Thanks for all the comments (well most of you!) on here, and on twitter and facebook. Very much appreciated. Let's show what Bradford is really about.
Thanks for all the comments (well most of you!) on here, and on twitter and facebook. Very much appreciated. Let's show what Bradford is really about. Keith Wildman
  • Score: 1

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