Sudbury retro shop to continue

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A SHOP will continue trading after its owner vowed to give the business one last chance.

Retro Time in Sudbury was due to close its doors for good two weeks ago.

However, the shop in Friars Street, which sells vintage toys, games and collectables, has been given a reprieve after owner Julie Sharman had a change of heart.

“We were due to close at the end of May,” said Mrs Sharman.

“Trade had been very slow and we didn’t think it was worth carrying on.”

The 43-year-old, who opened the shop two years ago with husband Preston, reluctantly came to the decision to close.

But customers quickly got in touch to let her know their feelings.

“Lots of people were very upset and we even had a child who started crying in the shop after they found out,” said Mrs Sharman.

“I thought ‘I can’t do this’ and decided we should give it another shot.”

Mrs Sharman said she was hopeful the decision would pay off and the shop would now experience a turnaround in fortunes, but admitted staying open was a gamble.

“I just hope it is going to be worth it as sometimes I can sit in here for hours and no-one comes in,” she said.

“A lot of the problem is that many people don’t know we are even here and there needs to be something that attracts shoppers to this part of town.”

The shop will be open from 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.