Newsagent closes due to ‘lack of interest’

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A Boxford newsagent, which had been running for nearly 30 years, has been closed after a new buyer for the business could not be found.

Boxford News, in Broad Street, shut on Saturday following 12 months on the market priced at £365,000.

The shop was put up for sale after owner Alastair Macintyre, 69, who also lived above the premises, died.

Mr Macintyre’s brother, Donald, took over the business along with sons Russell and Craig but, with all three living in America, decided the best option was to seek a buyer.

“My brother had the shop for nearly 28 years and it is sad to see it close,” said Donald, who flew over from his home in Arizona with wife Sandra for the final few weeks.

“The customers and staff are certainly disappointed and we are disappointed too, but we did not have much interest at all.”

Around 15 staff worked at the shop, the majority on a part-time basis. Some had been there for in excess of 20 years.

Mr Macintyre said the family had given all they could to find a new owner and keep the shop going.

“We have tried our best, but living in America makes it difficult as there is a seven-hour time difference,” said the 74-year-old.

“We gave it a shot. After six months, it became apparent selling would be difficult, but we kept it on the market.”

He added that he believed the shop still represented a good opportunity for someone willing to take it on, and the village was still well provisioned.

“Someone could come and take it on as a retail establishment or a residence only,” said Mr Macintyre.

“There is competition in the village and other stores sell similar items.”

Russell and Craig Macintyre are the shop’s beneficiaries.