Fears Southwold’s independent traders being “hunted to extinction”

A butterfly listing the independent traders that have closed has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold. A butterfly listing the independent traders that have closed has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold.

Friday, September 5, 2014
10:12 AM

A tribute to Southwold’s independent traders has appeared in the town centre.

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A sign in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold.A sign in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold.

A colourful butterfly listing the independent businesses that have closed in the town over the years has been put up in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop at 1 Market Place.

It is entitled “Butterfly of Southwold. Hunted to extinction.”

The shop closed recently after 37 years trading in Southwold after the rent on the premises more than doubled following a review, although the electrical contracting arm of the business is continuing to operate from Reydon with the same contact details.

The butterfly was created by business owners Melvin and Monica Crown, whose father Reginald launched the firm under the name Crown Electrical in 1977.

A photo of the late Reginald Crown has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southowld by his children Monica and Melvin.  The business has been forced to close after 37 years because of a rent increase.A photo of the late Reginald Crown has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southowld by his children Monica and Melvin. The business has been forced to close after 37 years because of a rent increase.

A picture of the late Reginald Crown is also in the window along with the words: “Reg Crown, a proud man who worked hard for Southwold

and its people. Some years ago he said there were plenty of roof tops but not enough people and if you let the big boys in the little ones don’t stand a chance, seems he was right. I’m so glad he’s not here to see what is happening to this town. Sorry dad, we tried.”

Mr Crown’s daughter Monica said it had been very difficult to leave Southwold after so long.

“It has been very difficult to close up and leave,” she said. “It was very emotional.

“The black and white photo is of my dad, who started the business nearly 40 years ago. I felt that something should be said really.

“We did it to just show what is happening in Southwold really.

“I have lived here most of my life and can remember what was here once and the amount of shops that have actually gone.”

8 comments

  • Who is going to go to Southwold high street for electrical goods anyway? In fact, who is going to buy electricals on the high street full stop? An even more valid point being that is Southwold going to get so full of itself it will just "float off"? Who cares about a ghost town bought and payed for by cockneys, seriously?

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • Southwold's independent shops were one of the reasons we have visited and spent money there several times a year over many years. We find it so less attractive now with fewer and fewer reasons to visit.

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    Ne Absiste

    Monday, September 8, 2014

  • Very much doubt that in a free market economy that you can "hunt to extinction" any business that attracts customers and is managed well.

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    expat

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • Well said, Mr and Mrs Crown. Too late now, I fear. We have loved Southwold for decades but now find it too sad to visit often. OK if you have £75 to spend on a quite ordinary shirt, I suppose.

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    Denis

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

  • Over heard in shop "you would think they would make the locals shop during the week so it's not so crowded" Says it all really.

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    ITSTEAPOT

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • Tried to comment but for some reason once again failed to appear. If this appears I totally agree with their sentiments

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    ITSTEAPOT

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • My Dad used to work for Crown Electrical many years ago and would have been sad to see you close. There used to be many independent traders within the town from garages, (none at all now) scrap yard (now covered with holiday houses) bicycle repair , pubs (now flats and holiday homes the list goes on. As a boy growing up in Southwold many of my friends lived in council houses built and paid for by the town by selling off its assets these are now private and holiday homes. Now don't get me wrong I love southwold but since the rise of the "London" crowd pricing the locals out it is becoming a quaint museum filled with trendy West end shops . Shame,

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    ITSTEAPOT

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • They forgeot to add on the sign "... Introduction of chain stores ' and the greed of the shop owners and developers' , this once unique town......."

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    "V"

    Friday, September 5, 2014

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