Pulling plug on light­ing store

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Retail Report -

An­other long-es­tab­lished city store has fallen vic­tim to com­pe­ti­tion from on­line sales and “as­tro­nomic” busi­ness rates.

An­thony Janes is pulling the plug on his light­ing shop, The Light­house in Palace Street, which has been trad­ing in Can­ter­bury since 1967.

He bought the busi­ness just over three years ago fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of its orig­i­nal owner, Chris Bel­lamy, but has found it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to make it worth­while.

“It’s a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors re­ally”, said the 53-year-old dad, who lives in Can­ter­bury.

“Cus­tomers can just go on­line and or­der things these days from busi­nesses that don’t have the same over­heads as High Street premises, like as­tro­nom­i­cal busi­ness rates.

“And they can now buy light­ing from so many dif­fer­ent out­lets which just weren’t around when Chris opened the shop more than 50 years ago.

“Back then, it was quite a unique store and peo­ple used to come from all over Kent.”

An­thony was work­ing as an elec­tri­cal whole­saler and had known Chris through the trade for many years.

He said: “When Chris re­tired I just thought it would be an op­por­tu­nity but it hasn’t worked out.

“For­tu­nately, I do own the build­ing and I have a ten­ant mov­ing in so it won’t be empty and I still have my whole­sal­ing busi­ness, which I will be able to ded­i­cate more time to.

“I will be closed by the end of the month so have got a sale on with plenty of bar­gains to help sell off the re­main­ing stock.”

Tak­ing over the premises will be Vicky Lord, who is open­ing a new hair sa­lon.

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