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Rates and internet sales sink Hereford business
AN independent trader has left Hereford city centre.
Stationery and craft store Paperway, ceased business earlier this month after almost 10 years on Widemarsh Street.
Store owner Brian Jones said the closure was down to a “combination of reasons”.
He said: “The level of trade has diminished past the critical point of where we can no longer cover the cost of opening.
“It’s due to the economy and the change in competition with the likes of Hobbycraft opening.”
Mr Jones – who had to let go of four staff members – added that Herefordshire Council could “give a little more assistance” to business owners in the city.
“Rates are very high in Hereford, you don’t get much back in the way of assistance,” he claimed.
“The parking situation hasn’t helped and it’s just pushed people into buying online.
“It’s a lovely town but not shopper friendly anymore.”
Mr Jones, who lives in Shrewsbury, has another business in the Shropshire town, and this will now be his main focus.