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Bury St Edmunds community’s shock and sadness at closure of Denny Bros Supplies Ltd





The Bury St Edmunds community has reacted with shock and sadness to the sudden closure of a well-known shop in the town.

Denny Bros Supplies Ltd was based in the town for nearly 80 years and welcomed customers for the final time on Saturday to its St Andrew’s Street South store.

The independent, family-owned retail store specialised in arts and crafts, stationery, printing and framing.

Denny Bros Supplies Ltd, in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, welcomed customers for the final time on Saturday. Picture: Cameron Reid
Denny Bros Supplies Ltd, in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, welcomed customers for the final time on Saturday. Picture: Cameron Reid

Managing director Joy Denny cited the pandemic, Brexit, the cost-of-living crisis and the energy crisis as reasons for the closure.

The Denny Bros Group remains unaffected by the closure.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, said: “It's always sad and a real shame to see a long well-established business close.

Maureen and Joy Denny who owned the store in St Andrew's Street South. Picture: Joy Denny
Maureen and Joy Denny who owned the store in St Andrew's Street South. Picture: Joy Denny

“We’re always very mindful that the decisions taken by the management are very difficult and it impacts on so many local people.

“It’s just a sign and indication that despite that Bury doing so well as a town centre, we can’t completely buck the trend and businesses are looking in to the challenges they are faced with including high business rates, online sales and the needs and requirements of their customers.

“It's an ever changing world and unfortunately for some business it takes its toll.”

Denny Bros Supplies in Bury St Edmunds has closed suddenly after nearly 80 years in business. Picture: Cameron Reid
Denny Bros Supplies in Bury St Edmunds has closed suddenly after nearly 80 years in business. Picture: Cameron Reid

Residents in Bury took to social media to express their sadness at the loss of a business which was part of the town’s heritage.

On the Bury Free Press Facebook page, James Harrison said: “A terrible loss for Bury St Edmunds. Another family run business lost, one that has been a part of Bury for such a long time. Wish all the staff and the owners all the best going forwards.”

Stephen Cook said: “Very sorry to hear this. The retail sector is in a very delicate state right now. Keep a close eye on the remaining independents in Bury. Use them or lose them. I do hope the shop staff (who were always top-notch in my experience) find something new very soon.”

Rebecca Sheridan said: “This is so sad. Only recently had some pictures framed there and they have been selling my grandmother’s cards so I could raise some pennies for charity in her name. It’s sad times when a shop that’s been part of the town for 80 years will be no more.”

Clifford King said: “Such unwelcome news! I have purchased art materials from this shop ever since my school days at the King Edward VI Grammar School on the Vinefields! Now live in Windsor where there are no art shops anywhere nearly the quality and range of materials as Denny Bros so have continued to purchase there when visiting my family. It will be greatly missed.”

Joanna Foster said: “Such an excellent store with knowledgeable and helpful staff. It was a really fantastic resource for students studying art at WSC (West Suffolk College), amateur and professional artists. Part of a varied fabric of independent retailers in Bury, very sad to see it go.”

Linda Opheim said: “How sad, this is a terrible blow for the town good luck to staff and all concerned in this business.”

Proche Textile Art said: “Such an iconic shop with everything I ever needed. Where will I go now?”

Linda Shotbolt said: “Unbelievable another one bites the dust, it’s almost an institution in Bury.”