The sheer number of takeaways in Sudbury’s town centre is believed to have led to the demise of one of its oldest fish and chip shops.
Steven Boggis the owner of Ye Olde Fish and Chip Shoppe in Cross Street, which first opened in 1926, revealed the eatery was being sold last week.
He put the decision down to more competition combined with difficult trading times .
Sudbury town councillor Nigel Bennett said the number of fast-food restaurants had increased dramatically in recent years.
“I think the concentration of takeaways in the town centre played a part,” said Mr Bennett, of Queens Road.
“There probably used to be only two in the centre, but that number has grown.
“It is unfortunate to lose such a long-established business, and I think parking issues had an influence as well.”
Peyton Plaice in Borehamgate also closed last year after 22 years, but other takeaways in the town centre appear to be in demand.
In North Street alone there are nine takeaways in less than 100 metres and the Codfather in King Street has been given permission to expand.
“Competition is everywhere, but it is all about experience, hard work and quality food,” said Codfather owner Yunus Aslan.
“Many of our customers come a long way to see us, even though there are a lot of takeaways. The expansion will give them more room and privacy and is something customers requested.”
Mick Ladak, who runs Mick’s Fish and Chips in Landsdown Road, is attempting to set up a new takeaway in Bures Road, Great Cornard.
Worker Bilal Goksal said the present shop had lots of loyal customers.
“The shop has been here around 10 years and isn’t really affected by the town centre.”