EACH to shut up shop in Stowmarket

EACH will not renew the lease on our shop in Stowmarket, with the doors to remain shut when high streets reopen

We moved in to our Ipswich Street premises just over 11 years ago, in November 2009, and ran the shop as a traditional community outlet.

Over the last few years income has steadily declined and the shop was barely breaking even before the pandemic.

Ian Nicolson, Acting EACH Director of Income Generation, said: “Despite great support the shop has received over the years, unfortunately, more recent trading levels, including before the pandemic, mean it’s no longer commercially viable for us.

“The small shop format and the difficult access for donations has made trading particularly challenging, and it has gone through a long period of slow decline that, sadly, we’ve been unable to turnaround.

“Having taken this difficult decision, we’re now going through consultation with our staff and volunteers to whom we are most thankful for the dedication and commitment they’ve given us.

“Our many other shops remain a very successful and vital income stream for us. In fact, they’ve been more important than ever when they’ve been able to open over the last year as they’ve provided a form of stable income we simply haven’t had from traditional fundraising events.

“We’re committed to continued investment in and development of our retail operation. For example, as soon as circumstances allow, we’ll be opening a new shop in Royston. If the right opportunity presented itself, we’d definitely consider returning to Stowmarket, too.”

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