Brighton indie Charlie Barley will close its doors for the final time next month after more than eight years of trading.
The kidswear store, which stocks brands including Bugzz Kids Stuff, Molo and No Added Sugar, will shut in around four weeks’ time although a final date is yet to be decided. A closing down Sale is currently taking place, with owner Charlotte Wilkie also selling off fixtures and fittings.
Wilkie blamed poor trade and an increase in high street Sale activity for the store’s demise. “I’ve had a decrease in salary and feel I’m working too many hours for peanuts. I can’t see the market changing in the foreseeable future,” she said.
“People don’t tend to buy things at full price any more.
“Retailers have been discounting on products and people are now quite shop-savvy and are always waiting for bargains, with many retailers offering coupons and online discounts. Stores have become almost like a showroom.”
Wilkie, who has previously been an agent for kidswear brands such as Dolls & Dirt and Lilly & Sid, said she would like to remain in the industry.