Town furniture shop to close after 41 years
PUBLISHED: 09:07 11 February 2020 | UPDATED: 16:17 11 February 2020
One of the longest running businesses in a Norfolk town is set to shut.
Cooks Furnishings Carpets & Interiors on Guanock Place in King's Lynn will close in April as owner Melenie Haskett is looking to retire.
The business was set up in 1979 by Gerald Cook and was taken over by his daughter Mrs Haskett after he died.
The 50-year-old from Ashwicken, who has been running the shop for the last 20 years, made the decision in November and is hoping to officially close in a few months time.
She said: "I want to thank everyone for all the custom over the years. I always planned to retire early and I knew that's what I was going to do when I was coming up to 50.
"I've been condensing the shop down over the last year, but it was from November that I decided it was time to shut up."
Although the shop owner admitted work had increasingly been difficult in the last few years, she said it was not the reason for closing.
She said: "I'm just doing it because I'm lucky enough to be in a position to do that. I will be sad to see it go, I have had a lot of nice customers but you know when you've had your time.
"I'm fed up of working six days a week. It's time to hang up my tape measure and put my feet up.
"I want to spend a bit more time at home and go on more holidays and I also want to spend more time with my child (11)."
The shop, which sells bedroom and occasional furniture, is currently holding a retirement sale.
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Mrs Haskett said: "We had so much stock that it filled the three-storey building but now we just have the ground level left."
She is encouraging members of the public to help clear the shop by coming over and "grabbing a bargain".
She added: "All prices are drastically reduced and no reasonable offer for the items will be refused."
Once the shop is closed the building will be going up for rent.