Ben Phillips, founder of the specialist chain, told www.HousewaresLive.net that the 2,700sq ft branch in the centre of the Kent town was originally scheduled to close when the lease ended in August, but a temporary agreement with the landlord was expected to see the store trade over Christmas.
He explained: “We had expected to be there until Christmas, but the landlord wants to do work to the building before winter sets in, so we’re going sooner than we initially expected. It will be a coffee shop when it reopens in February.”
Ben added: “While it’s a lovely Tudor building in a tourist destination, the heavy shopping in Canterbury is done elsewhere now. Whitefriars was built after we opened and has obviously grown since.” Whitefriars Shopping Centre in Canterbury is the biggest shopping centre in East Kent.
Steamer Trading Cookshop operates 39 stores nationwide, varying in size from 800sq ft to around 7,000sq ft.