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Free Press readers are making their thoughts known following our front page news that two more shops are to close in Sudbury town centre.

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Sudbury’s high street has been dealt a further blow after two more retailers announced they are to close.

Bookmakers William Hill and menswear retailer Burton are both set to shut in the coming months.

The news comes just weeks after family photography business Jump Studios in North Street Parade and The Honey Bee cafe in Gaol Lane both closed.

Despite these closures, and with other retailers said to be feeling the pinch, Chris Storey, chairman of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, said the town had the determination to thrive and grow.

“Sudbury is not immune from the pressures on the retail trade nationally and there are changes afoot in what will, and what will not, be able to survive in a market town,” he said.

“We believe we have a good historic core and will ensure that there will be offers for visitors to the town and the town centre has a long-term viable future.”

William Hill, in North Street, will close on October 28 as part of a series of nationwide closures.

A company spokeswoman said: “In April, we announced that 109 William Hill shops would close as a direct result of the Government’s decision to raise the rate of machine games duty.

“We can confirm that 82 of those 109 shops have now closed. We will try to relocate any staff affected by shop closures.”

Staff at Burton on Market Hill confirmed that it will also be joining the list of closures when it shuts on January 10.

Dorothy Perkins, which like Burton is also owned by Arcadia, is not under threat, according to senior staff.

A spokesman for Burton said that the company would endeavour to redeploy staff affected by closures to another store within the Arcadia group.

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