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End of the line as George shuts his fishing shop

GONE FISHING: George Rowe plans to retire after closing his Sudbury business.

GONE FISHING: George Rowe plans to retire after closing his Sudbury business.

The closure of a Sudbury fishing shop has been blamed on a combination of high business rates and increased internet sales.

Sudbury Angling in North Street shut for the final time last Wednesday. The shop had been operating for 20 years.

Owner George Rowe, who lives in Long Melford, said he took the difficult decision to close because the business was no longer viable.

“I would have liked to have gone on for a few more years, but it wasn’t possible,” said the 71-year-old.

“The business has been in decline recently as I have lost half my trade to the internet, and business rates are still very expensive. That and my age meant it was the right time to shut.”

Mr Rowe said it had been a “dream” to own his own shop, selling rods, tackle and other fishing equipment, and he had attracted a loyal following of anglers since opening in 1993.

“I have made a lot of friends through the shop and have had lots of good comments from customers,” he said.

“Many are very disappointed and sad to see the shop close.”

Mr Rowe said that he hoped to spend more time fishing during his retirement.

“I should be able to get out on the river a bit more,” he said. “I want to thank all the people who have supported me down the years.”

 

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