June 7, 2009
shoe shop serves final customers after 25 years
Burnham shoe shop served its final customers and closed its doors
for the last time on Saturday evening
6th) after 25 years of business.
was first to report earlier
this year how JPS Footwear, situated on the corner of the
High Street and Pier Street, would be closing with the loss of
six jobs, due in part to cripplingly-high business rates.
store shut at 5pm on Saturday, with Julie Walsh and her son Rhys
from Brean, pictured here, the final customers to buy a pair of
shoes from manager Jackie Shickle.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My son and I have been regular
customers for many years and wanted to be the very last people
to buy a pair of shoes. I'm very sad to see it go - the shop will
Geoff Shickle, who is trying to prevent
the store being boarded up, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Business
rates have been the final death knell for us."
paid over £1,200 a month and, as a ratio against other costs,
that was entirely disproprionate."
added: "The store will be greatly missed by residents and
visitors alike, many of whom would make a special detour on their
way south during the summer months."
would like to thank all our customers who have valued our business
over the years. There will be a big gap in Burnham High Street."
Footwear has sold over one million pairs of shoes since opening
and has employed more than 200 local people, including many students.
Shickle is also the owner of Shickle Shoes, also in Burnham High
Street, which continues to thrive and is unaffected by the closure