A retailer has thanked her loyal customers for five great years as she prepares to close and make way for a national pub chain.
After months of speculation Jenny Richardson revealed this week that she will close textiles and homeware shop Jenny May, in North Street, Bourne, in the spring.
Rumours began in October when pub giant JD Wetherspoon submitted and almost immediately withdrew a planning application to change the use of Jenny May and the adjacent Wands, which closed last May.
At the time Wetherspoon’s spokesman Eddie Gershon said a site had been identified in Bourne but negotiations were still taking place. He added: “We believe that a Wetherspoon pub will be good for the town and appeal to a wide range of people, many of whom already enjoy our pubs in the region.”
This week Mr Gershon said no decision had been reached and the North Street plan was under review.
But Jenny is now preparing to close after being served notice on the building.
She said: “I did have a little look for another unit but there isn’t anywhere, and quite honestly maybe it’s time I retired.
“It was a difficult decision because I have loved it. It’s a nice shop with lovely customers, and I feel like I am letting them down. By the time I close I will have been here nearly five years.”
Jenny previously worked in the Co-operative’s textiles department before deciding to set up her own business.
“There was nothing like it in Bourne so I thought there would be a gap in the market,” she said.
Jenny announced her plan to close on the shop’s Facebook page, and news has been spreading to customers.
“Everyone is disappointed,” she said.
Jenny and her four part-time staff are now preparing for their last few months of business before they say goodbye to the shop. Jenny said: “I just want to say thank you very much to my customers. It’s been great.”
According to the now-withdrawn planning application drawn up by LBP Architects, which is still available under reference S15/2378 at www.southkesteven.gov.uk, the two shops at numbers 44 to 48 North Street would be turned into one pub, with an outdoor smoking area at the back.
The firm would be the latest in a long line of national and international chains to open in Bourne, following in the footsteps of Costa, McDonald’s and Subway, with Lidl also on its way.