Sudbury health food shop lives on

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A HEALTH food shop which closed – citing declining trade and rising business rates – has reopened in a new location under new ownership.

Golden Harvest Health Foods, in North Street, Sudbury, ceased trading earlier this month, blaming businesses rates of up to £18,000 a year and dwindling footfall.

The shop had been operating in the street under the ownership of Robert Hawkins for nine years.

Yesterday, the shop reopened in North Street Parade as Golden Harvest.

Former manager Dann Read agreed a deal with Mr Hawkins to buy the brand’s name – and has set up the new venture with his wife Emily.

“It would have been a shame for the Golden Harvest brand to die as it has been going for so long and this feels like a continuation,” said Mr Read, 29, from Sudbury.

“We have the support of the vegetarian and vegan community and it seems like this shop is something people want. Things have come together very quickly and this means the shop lives on.”

Mr Read said the store would stock many of the same products as well as new lines.