Another Sudbury shop bites the dust

SUDBURY’S town centre has been dealt another blow with the news that health food store Julian Graves is set to close.

The Market Hill shop, specialising in dried fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks, slashed prices by 50 per cent for a closing down sale this week.

The store’s expected closure is the latest in a series of difficulties encountered by the town’s businesses.

Bonmarche, Vodafone and Golden Harvest Health Foods – all in North Street – have all been forced to shut this year, along with jewellery and accessory store Millie Moo in Friars Street.

Sudbury’s Clinton Cards branch continues to trade despite the company going into administration.

John McMillan, president of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, said he was “disappointed” to hear of the problems faced by Julian Graves, which went into administration three weeks ago.

“These are tough times,” he said. “Hopefully the store will not close completely and will carry on as Clinton Cards has.”

A customer, who did not want to be named, said it was a “great shame” that the shop – managed for the last six years by Christine Clarke – appeared to be in its last days.

Staff at the Sudbury store said they were unable to comment.

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