Talks continue over deals for village store and newsagent

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Deals to purchase two Boxford shops – including the 600-year-old village store and post office – are at an advanced stage.

Bridge House and Boxford Stores in Swan Street is under offer. It went up for sale in August last year for £630,000 and was subsequently reduced in price to £565,000.

Ipswich-based estate agent Jackson-Stops & Staff said the guide price for the Grade-II listed building was £499,000 and it was now under offer to a Suffolk-based owner who had the intention of continuing it as a business with accommodation.

Tim Dancy, from the agency, said: “The sale is all ticking along and it is my understanding that it will continue to be run as a shop. I can’t confirm the price but the new guide price was £499,000.”

The historic property, which has five bedrooms, went up for sale because its owner Catherine Lee, 94, died in January 2012.

The former owners, Major John Gaussen and his wife Christina, bought the property when he retired from the Army in the 1960s. After their deaths, it was left to Mrs Gaussen’s sister, Miss Lee, who lived in Lavenham before moving to Boxford.

Elsewhere, the village’s newsagent Boxford News, which employs 15 people, has received three offers from buyers.

It came up for sale following the death of owner Alastair Macintyre, 69, earlier this year. The business passed to his next of kin, his brother Donald and sons in America.

A spokeswoman for Thorntons estate agency in Sudbury confirmed there had been a large amount interest in the shop.