S&A Linens store closes after 27 years
long-running shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town
centre closed down after 27 years of business on Saturday (September
sale had been underway at S&A Linens since June, when we first
reported that the High Street store was closing.
Steve Scott told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The sale exceeded all
expectations, taking twice as much as expected."
is with regret that I have decided to close our last remaining S&A
Linens shop. Over the past 27 years it has served us well, and I
hope, it has been an asset to our town."
Burnham's success we also ran S&A Linen shops in Taunton, Minehead,
Wells, Wellington and Clevedon - all of which have now closed."
for us, the linen trade has been subject to a level of competition
not experienced before."
I opened S&A Linens 27 years ago the main competition was from
small family owned shops, similar to ourselves, such as Sharps of
Bridgwater, Taunton, Weston and Exeter, Browns of Weston and Hoopers
of Bridgwater - all of which have now closed."
is a testament to Burnham, and our staff, that this linen shop has
been one of the last, if not the last, of its type to survive in
added: "Larger shops selling linens 27 years ago tended to
be hidden within 'third floor' home sections of department stores,
overpriced with little to offer.
Supermarkets, as today, offered a very limited selection of linens."
we have the likes of Dunelm, John Lewis, Next and The Range with
massive out-of-town stores displaying their offerings in bright,
well lit modern surroundings. Because of their size, customers tend
to think they are cheap. They do offer good value, but in many cases
no better than we have. They just 'do it better'."
do not believe B&M have affected our business, other than the
fact that they do not bring the right customer for us into town.
The Internet has affected us, but not as much as you may think."
reason we have decided to close is simply the lack of our type of
customer since Morrisons closed."
"Our High Street is still bustling with people, day visitors
and holiday makers fill our town, but the locals doing their weekly
shop have had to go out of our High Street."
"Please don't simply use the Town Council or Sedgemoor as scapegoats.
Besides that, isn't it right that they have allowed people what
they really want, rather than protect traders such as ourselves?"
continued: "Times have changed, most people seem to prefer
out-of-town shopping. It has been national policy to allow, or even
encourage, this to happen.
We all moan about our town centres dying, but how many of us, including
myself, would wish to go back to the limited choice available before
supermarkets, the size of present day Tescos and Asda appeared?"
"Now the same thing is happening to our trade. Please don't
think Burnham has failed as a town. We are lucky, many towns have
suffered much more than ours. We are a holiday destination, let's
make the most of it."
shopping habits have changed, I as a trader, and we as a town, must
adapt. I hope that some other business will thrive in our premises,
a business offering what today's society wants from a High Street."
the other hand, our furniture shop, Scott's Furnishings in Victoria
Street, has just had it's best ever year and is going from strength
are not affected by the internet to any great extent as people like
to see, touch and try their new bed, sofa, carpet etc."
of the size of our shop we can offer a massive choice, comparable
to many out of town stores. Yet, we still offer the service you
only get from a local family owned shop. For instance, we deliver
and take away your unwanted old item of furniture or bed, you are
replacing, without charge. And we offer a price-match guarantee
against any shop or internet site offering exactly the same item
we are closing S&A Linens, new ranges of nets and ready-made
curtains will soon be available in the carpet and flooring section
at Scott's Furnishings. Right up to the day S&A Linens close,
you can still order curtains as you will be able to collect them
from Scott's or we can deliver them."
and most importantly, we would like to say a very sincere thank
you to all of our customers (friends in many cases) and our wonderful
staff for their custom and loyalty over the years."
do not want to close S&A Linens, but accept it is no good banging
your head against the wall as 'times, they are a changing'. We hope
to see you at Scott's Furnishings for many years to come."
from Burnham Chamber of Trade said: "S&A Linens has been
a welcome part of the Burnham business community for over 25 years
and it is sad that the shop is to close."
footfall in this part of the High Street is up substantially compared
with this time last year and so it is hoped that this unit might
not be vacant for long. Burnham continues to have fewer vacant units
in its town centre than the south west and national averages."
2017 had 7.2% higher footfall than May 2016, which represents around
13,500 more people movements in the Town Centre. The Chamber of
Trade has various initiatives underway to promote the town centre.