Collectibles and tabletop shop Sinclairs of Bakewell is closing down – but may re-open as a purely kitchenware and housewares specialist.
The shop is one of a chain of four, which sell a diverse range of products. The head office outlet in Sheffield carries no housewares, while the Stamford, Lincolnshire branch offers antiques, collectibles, fashion items and some kitchenware.
However, the Lakeside Village, Doncaster, shop, which trades as Cook ‘n’ Dine, “has a huge expanse of everything to do with cooking and dining – pottery, crystal, cookware and gadgets”, Sinclairs’ retail sales director Margaret Grindrod told HousewaresLive.net.
And the success of the format means that the Bakewell shop could be re-modelled along the same lines.
Grindrod said the closure was necessary because the branch was “just not viable. There are too many shops in Bakewell selling the same thing. Royal Crown Derby is our main line at Bakewell, and collectibles have been on the decline for a few years now.”
She added that the uncertainty over the supply of troubled brands such as Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Spode, along with rising overheads, had compounded the problem.
No decision has yet been made on the future of the Bakewell shop, but Grindrod said it could re-open as “something like Cook ‘n’ Dine”. It already has a small kitchenware department.
The existing shop will close in a few months’ time.