Help traders call as shop closes

The owner of Hadleigh’s only health food shop – which closed before Christmas – has called for more to be done to help independent High Street traders.

Sunflower, in the High Street, closed on Christmas Eve, with its owner blaming declining sales following the opening of Morrisons supermarket.

Owner Theresa Munson, who lives in Sudbury, put up a notice in the shop window telling customers: “As you are aware, the High Street has been suffering since the opening of Morrisons, and Sunflower has suffered from a progressive downturn in business as a result.”

Ms Munson, who has run the business for three years, said: “I felt business had got so bad I could not continue. I think everybody is complaining about a downturn in trading in the high street, it is not just me. Morrisons has had an impact on the footfall.

“I think you are finding more and more products on sale in supermarkets which were stocked by independent traders. People’s shopping habits have changed, too.

“Women are working more and when they finish at 5pm the high street is closed and they just go to the supermarket instead, which is understandable. Morrisons is not all to blame, but it was the final nail in the coffin.

“Something needs to be done to encourage shoppers back into the high street.”

Ms Munson said she felt the town’s loyalty card scheme had not made much of an impact on the decline.