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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Ulverston town centre is left reeling by closures

ULVERSTON town centre has been rocked by the closure of three established businesses in quick succession.

The Hot Mango Cafe in King Street had earned a strong reputation with customers but has recently shut up shop.

Traditional home furnishing and decorating store, Pepperpot Interiors in Union Place, has also ceased trading.

Pine furniture store, The Pine Mill, in Market Street, is another to have closed.

Ulverston Traders’ Association chairman Ralph Spours said: “It’s very disappointing. Once again, it’s just simply a case of more casualties of this recession.

“Although Ulverston is doing considerably better than some other towns, like Barrow and Kendal, nonetheless we are suffering as well.

“It’s always very sad, especially when you see established business close after such a long time.

“The Pine Mill, for example, has been there for many, many years and they’ve got a great following and it’s going to be such a loss to the town.

“The others, of course, will be equally sorely missed.

“Sadly, shops are suffering and there’s the ever-present threat of out-of-town developments and the internet and it’s just a sign of the times.”

However, Mr Spours said there was cause for optimism elsewhere in the town centre as some new ventures had taken off and existing ones had relocated – such as The Clock Works – or extended – such as Gillam’s Tea Room.

He said: “They can see the opportunity and I hope in the new year we’ll see people using these empty units.”

One example of a new venture is Valerie Madden’s late-afternoon and night-time coffee house on the groundfloor of her Sefton House guesthouse in Queen Street, which has created two part-time jobs, with possibly another to follow.

Mrs Madden said of the coffee house, called Natterjacks: “We’ve been open a month and it’s going well. It’s a nice atmosphere. We have a licence and sell local beers from the Ulverston and Hardknott breweries.”

Lisa Wilson, boss of The Pine Mill, said: “The town, to be honest, is very quiet. I think everybody is struggling at the moment due to the recession.

“In the end it was costing me to keep the shop open.

“I feel the only way forward is internet shopping. Unfortunately this has a knock-on effect to local retail businesses.

“It’s a shame because eventually most shops will close down.

“I think people are scared of spending their money and furniture isn’t the most important thing to spend it on.

“The rates and the parking in town (are other factors). I think the parking (charges) is putting a lot of people off coming into the town.

“I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my customers and I will be trading via the internet after Christmas.”

Have your say

Tesco and the big supermarkets are NOT responsible for the decline of small shops... YOU the consumer are. If everyone hated the supermarkets, how come they are a resounding success??? At the end of the day, if there was no demand for supermarket shopping they would not exist. Things change, the local towns move on... deal with it.

Posted by Eenyweeny on 4 October 2011 at 14:37

If we had less parking charges in Ulverston we would spend more time (and cash) in the townand enjoy our free time
pete and chris from wirral

Posted by pete on 18 December 2010 at 20:33

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