Town toy shop set to close after 20 years

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The failure to attract shoppers to a main Sudbury street has been blamed as one of the factors for the closure of a toy shop.

Tinetty’s Toys in Gaol Lane is due to shut for the last time at the start of next month after going into administration. Four jobs will be lost.

A two-week closing down sale is currently taking place at the store, which is owned by directors Lynette Harvey and Kristina Read.

The duo took over the shop from TM Kingdom six years ago after it fell on hard times and also went into administration.

In all the shop, which has remained part of Toymaster, has been operating for more than 20 years.

Mrs Harvey said the closure of the shop would be a “sad loss” to Sudbury and had resulted from a decline in footfall, which coincided with the renovation of the town hall and lack of Christmas lights down the street.

“A number of factors have led to the administration, including the lack of lighting in Gaol Lane,” she said.

“It is a sad loss for the town that another independent trader will have to close its doors.

“My co-director and I would like to thank our dedicated staff for their hard work and wish them well for the future.”

Gaol Lane was partially hidden from view for around three months while work was carried out to the town hall and a number of businesses hit out at the Christmas lighting scheme, and its perceived bias towards Market Hill.

Sudbury Town Council displayed signs to make shoppers aware businesses in Gaol Lane were open last spring and put the festive lights positioning down to cost restraints and technical issues.

Last month Jon Cutter, the owner of a hairdressers in Gaol Lane, described the area as the “slum end of town” and said he believed it was being forgotten about and was suffering vandalism .

John Mcmillan, president of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, said shops needed to work with the chamber to improve matters.

“Generally Gaol Lane does not have a high footfall, but none of these problems has been mentioned to the chamber,” he said.

“If shops are suffering that is what we are here for – to help.

“The chamber exists for its members and I wish more would get involved with us.”

Mr Mcmillan added that Sudbury was approaching a turning point, in his opinion.

“There are still shops opening in Sudbury and we are not losing as many,” he said.

“I think things are picking up and people need to hang on for another six months because there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

McTear Williams & Wood, an insolvency practice, has been appointed as administrators of Tinetty’s Toys.

Joint administrator Chris McKay said: “We are sorry to see a long established business in the centre of a busy market town having to close, but such closures are happening throughout the UK on an almost daily basis.”