Boston, Lincolnshire store Hutsons Cookshop is to cease trading by the end of June.
Owner Richard Hutson told HousewaresLive.net that the closure was down to the ill health of his wife Hilary, plus their daughter Mel’s wish to spend more time with her family. Both manage the shop.
The shop can trace its history back to the early 19th century. The company was originally called Barton Ironfounders and specialised in the manufacture of heating stoves and cooking ranges, winning awards at the Paris 1867 exhibition for its designs. Further awards were won in 1882 at the Smoke Abatement Exhibition.
The business was taken over by ironmongers Holland Brothers, which then sold it in 1900 to Richard Hutson’s grandfather.
The shop has “moved twice in 100 years” said Hutson, but it has never strayed from Wide Bargate in the town, where it began. It shed ironmongery in 1995 and converted to a cookshop, which has been successful ever since. The shop is now holding a clearance sale to clear the stock.
The Hutsons, who own the premises, will be using the space to expand their sign business, Hutson Signs, which is run by their two sons.
Hutson added: “I want to thank all our customers and suppliers for their support over the years.”