North London kitchenware store Papylon of Winchmore Hill shuts its doors this month.
Owner and director Martha Ferguson told www.HousewaresLive.net: My rental contract ends on January 31 after three years. Deciding to close the store has been a very hard decision but I’m confident it is the right one. The business has done incredibly well over the past three years and it’s been a great experience.
“I’ve considered a number of options, including expansion and relocation, but in my heart I know that buying and product development is what I both love most and am best at.
“There are many aspects of my previous career (buying) which I miss terribly and I now want to capitalise on the success of Papylon, collaborate all of my experience and return to buying on a bigger scale.
“Papylon has been a fantastic chapter of my life and I’m confident it will take me in a great direction.”
Martha set up Papylon in 2011 when she was just 26. She worked her way up from the shop floor aged 16, gaining experience with several high street fashion retail businesses including Whistles and Principles, before setting her sights on launching her own business.
Within two years, she has been the recipient of six awards including the Cookshop & Housewares Association’s UK Young Retailer of the Year 2013, organised by bira (British Independent Retailers Association), bira’s overall UK Young Retailer of the Year 2013 Award and Housewares Magazine’s Rising Star 2012 Award. She was also named as one of 12 2013 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassadors.