THE former R Cudmore fruit and vegetable shop on Patrick's Street is to become an upmarket ice-cream parlour.
The unit, located at 22 St Patrick Street, on the corner with Winthrop Street, has been a mobile phone shop in recent years.
It is about to be occupied by Gino's Gelatos, an Irish chain of ice cream, crepes and Belgian waffle retailers.
Gino's arrival next month will see it take over a former Vodafone outlet in the 400 sq ft premises, facing Brown Thomas.
The historic Cork family-owned R Cudmore fruiterers' business also included ice cream sales in its later years' offerings among often exotic fruits, vegetables and confectionery, with its pick 'n' mix sweets a local favourite.
Family-owned Cudmores was in business in Cork since before World War One, and No 22 St Patrick Street was rebuilt after the 1920 Burning of Cork, by British Auxiliaries and the Black and Tans, part of five acres of city centre laid waste and which had to be rebuilt, in blocks.
The Irish Examiner confirmed a deal has been done between Vodafone and Gino's Gelato, to run up until 2024, at an unconfirmed rent.