Early closure forced on Anjis Emporium

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ONE of the most popular shops on the town’s high street was as busy as ever on its final day of trading this week.

Monday saw Anjis Emporium full of customers after managers John and Angela Friskin were forced to close five days earlier than intended.

They had hoped to close on Christmas Eve and then clear and clean the premises for the new incoming business between Christmas and New Year.

But their landlord informed them that this was not possible, and that they had to be out by the end of the week.

“To clear everything, we had to make Monday our last day, which was quite a blow,” said Anji.

“It has meant a lot of extra hard work for us all, and less time for our sale.”

However, it had gone well, added John, and he thanked everyone who had been in to shop and who had expressed regret that they were leaving.

“Our customers have been extremely valued over the years and we want to thank all those people who have supported us and shopped here,” he said.

“We will really miss being here, but we hope to have some news soon about where we could be going. We’re saying goodbye for the moment, but hopefully will be greeting customers again perhaps in two or three months.”

It was in October that the couple were devastated by being told that, after 10 years they would have to leave the premises, having failed to negotiate a new lease proposals with the owner.

They then looked at the possibility of moving the business to the old Spar building, but the rent there was also too high. The former Bay Tree was considered, but was too small. They are continuing their search. They said at the time “We very much appreciate the loyalty customers have given us over the years, and we feel we are letting them down by closing, and hope they realise the situation is out of our control.”