City centre shop closes as owner finds it ‘impossible to stay trading’

15 Mar 2015 @ 9.46 pm
| Shopping
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Closing its doors… Heaven Forbid on Stonegate. Photograph: Google Street View

A York shop shut its doors for the last time on Sunday (March 15) after the owner said it was impossible to continue trading.

Alternative clothing retailer Heaven Forbid has shut its Stonegate store but will continue to trade online.

The business has been selling “awesome clothing and accessories to rockers, punks and metalheads” since 2009. Its clothing range includes T-shirts, jeans, hoodies and shoes, and it also sells accessories like belts, bags, jewellery and badges.

Owner Kelly Brown revealed the closure “with a huge amount of sadness” on the shop’s Facebook page.

She wrote:

We’ve been struggling against the falling economy over the last few years, and after a poor summer and Christmas it has now got to the point where it has become impossible to continue trading at these premises.

The last few months have been extremely difficult, and this is probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.

She thanked her customers. While Kelly plans to develop the online store, she said “I will miss seeing your friendly smiley faces”.

Customers reacted with sadness at the news.

So sorry to hear this news it was the best shop in York. Sad news.

– Rowen Johnson

Awww no! one of my favourite shops in York! I have bought so many lovely things from you

– Charlotte Keld

Extremely sad news, I love your shop, I wish you all the very best for the future

– Matthew Hall