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Thurlow Stores closes after 174 years

Naomi Sharrod and husband Ray when they took over Thurlow Stores and post office in December 2011

Naomi Sharrod and husband Ray when they took over Thurlow Stores and post office in December 2011

 

A village store’s 174 year history came to an after it closed on Friday (March 21).

Thurlow Stores and post office had been bought by Naomi Sharrod and husband Ray in 2011 as the local couple sought to save it from closure.

However the couple, who also run Thurlow Garage, have been forced to close after trade declined over recent months.

Despite the Vestey family allowing them to run the store rent-free since last summer as they too sought to maintain the institution which has been in Thurlow since 1840, the store could still not make ends meet and subsequently closed.

The closure has resulted in job losses for Naomi and two full time staff and three part time employees.

For the full story and all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 27) Echo.

 

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