The proprietors of Harpers Home & Garden in Chipping Norton’s High St have announced that they are closing down their long-established business. In an interview with the News they said footfall has been decreasing year on year for the past eight years: market trends such as online purchasing and larger outlets selling paint, tools, DIY materials and garden supplies, mean that their in-town store is impossible to sustain. Almaas and Pamela Yusuf praised the staff for all their hard work and loyalty as a team – many have worked there for years. In early January the staff were informed that all options to continue had been exhausted and were asked to prepare for closure. Almaas said that he would keep employees on beyond their notices as long as the store could keep going, and that he was doing whatever he could to help them find other positions. Almaas and Pamela would like to thank their loyal customers and staff for all the support they have given the business over the last fifteen years.
See the Chippy News for full story out on 1 February