South-east independent cookshop chain Kitchen Kapers has closed its Windsor branch, after 19 years of trading in the Berkshire town.

Kitchen Kapers store shuts down

South-east independent cookshop chain Kitchen Kapers has closed its Windsor branch, after 19 years of trading in the Berkshire town.

Kitchen Kapers store shuts down

Kitchen Kapers joint managing director Gary Gordon said: “We simply came to the end of the lease and decided not to renew, because the landlord wanted a higher rent and long lease with no get out clauses.”

He added that the town’s parking facilities also posed a problem. “The park-and-ride is inadequate; the two multi-storey car parks are not adequate either. And with parking costing a minimum of £2.50 an hour, the charges are too expensive.”

He also noted that Windsor was home to a branch of John Lewis – “and for serious shoppers it was the key store” – but its closure four years ago has had an impact on footfall too.

Kitchen Kapers operates four other cookshops in Basingstoke, Camberley, Farnham and Woking, plus a mail order business and ecommerce site “which is doing very well since its revamp just before Christmas,” Gary said. “We’ve added a lot more stuff to it and we plan to do a lot more with it.”

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