Town still best for business despite shops closing down

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Three shops have closed in Sudbury, including mobile phone retailer Phones 4U, which has gone into administration.

The recently-opened portrait and family photograph business Jump Studios, in North Street Parade, and the family-friendly cafe The Honey B, in Gaol Lane, have also shut up shop.

Chris Storey, chairman of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very sorry to hear about any business leaving the town. The main thing we have got to ensure is that there is business coming in to replace it.

“Sudbury still is a great place to have a business, and we encourage firms to come in and give it a try,”

Photographer Jason Eggby, 44, said he tried to make his business work, but there was not enough demand.

The photographer, who has spent the last 17 years travelling the world as a fashion photographer, producing work for glossy magazines and catalogues, opened the family portrait business in May.

He said: “After all the hard work put into setting it up, it was a non-starter. I think it was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a shame.”

He said he would be returning to freelance photography and would “never again” open a shop.

Sudbury’s Phones 4U shop, like hundreds up and down the country, shut on Monday following an announcement that the company was going into administration.

Visitors to the North Street branch were met with a message explaining that, due to EE and Vodafone’s unexpected decision to cancel their existing contracts with Phones 4U, the shop would be closed until further notice.

The message was signed: “The heartbroken Phones 4U team.”