Two womenswear independents in Dereham in Norfolk are closing within weeks of each other before Easter, leaving a hole in the local market.
Jane Amos, owner of Snaffles Again, which stocks labels including Emreco and Alice Collins, said: “I am retiring after many happy years as an independent. Trading has got tougher, but retiring was always part of my plan.”
However, she added: “The town is now full of cheap shops. People now buy their everyday clothing from the bigger shops rather than the smaller ones.”
Little and Large owner Sylvia Gibson is shutting before Easter due to ill health and declining footfall. She said: “I am mainly closing because of my health, but also the large stores are squeezing out smaller ones and footfall has declined.”