‘Changing times’ blamed for shop closure after 40 years

The impending closure of a Lavenham china and homeware shop after nearly 40 years has been greeted with sadness and shock.

Hogg @ Home in High Street is due to stop trading at the end of the week. The store has been a mainstay of the village for four decades, also selling gifts and cards.

A worker at the shop, who had been sent from the Woodbridge store – which is also closing – blamed “difficult trading conditions” on the closure.

“It is very sad but it is a sign of the times,” said the woman, who did not want to be named.

“The three staff members have all found new jobs and Sunday will probably be our last day.”

Products in the shop have been slashed to half-price in the wake of the news.

Brenda Thomas, a regular customer who lives in the village, said she would be sorry to see the shop go.

“I have bought lots of bits from here over the years and it will be sad to be left without it,” she said.

“It is such a shame and is down to the recession.”

Peter Hobbs, manager of D M Newman Butchers, said he hoped the closure would not have a knock-on effect.

“We rely quite heavily on tourism in the village and visitors don’t want to see empty shops,” he said. “It is worrying a shop which has been here 40 years has gone.”

Before becoming Hogg @ Home, the shop had been named Martin Hogg China after owner Martin Hogg.