The owner of Peppertrees, Megan Eyles, cites business rates, declining footfall and parking charges as among the reasons that she has taken the difficult decision to close the gift shop, which she bought from the previous owner in 2016, having previously worked there as a sales assistant.
“Independent shops are people’s lives. We’ve put our own money, hours and time into providing unique places for shoppers to visit. The amount of times I’ve listened to conversations and watched people searching on their phones to get it cheaper elsewhere is endless. But independents aren’t always more expensive when you add in postage costs, and you can walk away with a product the same day,” Megan told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.
She added: “Despite the increasing popularity of online shopping, there are still customers who like to shop on their doorsteps.”
The shop, a well established, much loved gift shop in the town centre, will continue to trade until May 31.
Top: Peppertrees in Northampton will be closing its doors next month.