Do you remember these popular shops that closed?
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After it was revealed that Joker's Corner shop in Great Yarmouth is to close after more than 40 years, we look at some other popular shops that have closed for various reasons in our region
• Bertram A Watts bookshop, in Sheringham's Church Street, closed last May, ending a 115-year link with the coastal town. It had been run by three generations of the family.
• After 43 years on the same site, Thaxters of Holt announced it would close its DIY shop on Old Station Way to focus on trade sales in March 2011.
• Great Yarmouth music shop Better Music announced in October 2012 it would close it doors due to dwindling footfall and competition from internet sites such as Amazon.
• Lowestoft shop Baconsdozen Imperial and Metric Tools that sold specialist tools closed in 2012 after owner Kevin Bacon claimed parking has become impossible for his customers.
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• Taylor Electricals' shops in Beccles, Diss, Halesworth and Mildenhall closed in 2013 due to the effects of the economic downturn and competition from the internet.
• The popular newsagents, stationers and bookstore Chambers of Dereham closed in December 2012 after more than 180 years of trading in the Market Place.
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• Eco-Electrical closed in Southwold in August 2014 after 37 years trading in the town after the rent on the premises more than doubled following a review.
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• Travel business owner Alan Hubbard retired after over 50 years in Lowestoft. His business incorporated Bettatravel, Can Am Travel and Canada4u.
• Until 2003, Andy's Records was based on Lower Goat Lane in Norwich. However the rise of chains such as HMV caused Andy's to call in the administrators.
• WJ White Florists closed its doors in Gorleston High Street in November 2016. It was set up in 1947 by William John White, and was originally also a greengrocer's.