Jewellery business Stag and Doe set to close down store in Sudbury after six years of trading
The owner of a jewellery business has announced the closure of his Sudbury store, after six years of trading in the town.
Stag and Doe in North Street will shut its doors next month after deciding against renewing the lease on the premises.
Phillip Zelley stated that various factors had triggered the decision to close the family-run business.
“We were doing well, but we have other opportunities on the horizon,” he said.
“We are disappointed. We have had a great time in Sudbury – we have met some wonderful customers and made some great friends.
“It’s always a shame when shops close – no-one likes to see a store close on the high street and that’s just the decision we have unfortunately made.”
Mr Zelley, whose family live in Sible Hedingham, praised the time he had spent trading in the town.
“We have had some very loyal customers over the years,” he said.
“We didn’t have any ties to Sudbury before coming here, we just liked the town and we feel part of the community.”
Mr Zelley will be returning to the jewellery trade at his family’s business in Bishop Stortford in Hertfordshire.
A closing-down sale will take place at the store until the end of June.
Last year, Jonathan Lambert Fine Jewellers closed its store after trading in the Borehamgate precinct for more than a decade.
Run by husband-and-wife team Jonathan and Yasmin Lambert, the pair attributed the closure to rising business rates, along with the deterioration of the precinct and neighbouring Hamilton Road quarter.
The couple are now focusing on their second store based in Lavenham.