Two Bury St Edmunds shops set to close their doors
A pair of St John’s Street shops, in Bury St Edmunds, have announced they will be closing their doors.
Castang’s Kitchen, opened in October, 2017, by international chef Jacob Castang and his wife Megan, has a window sign saying that the shop will be closing on August 29.
The message from the couple says: “We have loved being a part of the Bury St Edmunds community for the past two years, but we would like to focus on our family at this time.
“We hope you continue to support our neighbours and the array of wonderful independent shops that we are so lucky to have here in Bury.”
The artisan tableware and kitchen products shop’s last trading day will have a 50 per cent sale until the doors close at 6pm.
The second set for closure is men’s and women’s clothing boutique Trete.
Owner Matt Almond said he will be open until all the stock has gone, but said the closure was a sign of the times.
He said: “I take my hat off to people that are hanging on in there and trying to give it a real go; we tried our best but it just didn’t come off.”
Matt pointed to the ongoing effect of internet sales on independent shops, but hoped the street and its supporters could keep the ethos of St John’s Street alive.
He said: “Thank you so much to everyone for all their support. I know the difficulty that goes into running a shop, maintaining a shop and keeping up shoppers’ interests in it,
“I hope the support for the shops down St John’s Street continues. People come from all over the place just to shop there, it is one of Bury’s attractions and should be protected because if it goes it will massively affect the people that come into the town.”
Mark Cordell, chief executive of the business improvement district (BID), agreed that the independent businesses were a unique selling point for the town.
He said: “It’s always sad to hear of any business closing down in Bury but particularly so when it’s an independent, as the money put into the business is from someone in the local community who had a dream, which unfortunately hasn’t worked out.
“It requires the local community to support them and to think carefully when they click on their next online purchase.”