shop has become the victim of a downturn in trade along Burnham-On-Sea
High Street - the fifth in the last two months.
Blazing Saddles gift shop on the corner of Cross Street is to
close at Christmas after eight years in business.
owner, Pauline Lawrence, pictured, said "crippling business
rates" and poor trade in recent months had meant closure
is the only option.
pay exorbitant business rates and don't get anything back in return,"
she told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "The number of shoppers coming
into the town has taken a real dive in recent years because Sanders
Garden World has more to offer them, especially now that there
are so many charity shops here."
ridiculous that those charity shops don't pay business rates but
can sell the same new products as traditional shops like us, but
at far lower prices. It's just not fair."
news comes just a few weeks after Crandon Computer Supplies in
Cross Street and the Little Brum gift shop in the High Street
in the autumn, phone company Bridgwater Communications closed
its High Street shop and estate agent CJ Hole also shuttered its
Crandon Computers and Little
Brum gift shop close
Phone company Bridgwater
Communications shuts Burnham store
Estate agent CJ Hole closes its