Economy fears lead to shop closure

PUBLISHED: 13:39 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 15 June 2010

A SEATON businesswoman is shutting up shop, fearing the end of the holiday camp, along with the economic downturn, will leave her without custom.

A SEATON businesswoman is shutting up shop, fearing the end of the holiday camp, along with the economic downturn, will leave her without custom.Joanne Turner, owner of Joanne's clothes shop, stopped trading on Friday, October 4.She put a sign on her door saying the closure was due to the impending loss of the Lyme Bay Holiday Village and the knock-on effect it would have on her business.She told the Herald: "I have had five very good years, but I know I will be affected by the closure - and the current state of the economy doesn't help."I love Seaton and it was great working here. It's been a very hard and sad decision, but I feel I will struggle if I stay. I will miss it and the people, but I have to get out now."Seaton town clerk Philip Higginson said: "We would be sorry to see any shop close but, of course, it's a commercial choice taken by the people who own the business."Unfortunately, businesses close - but, on the bright side, businesses open. We hope the shop will be quickly filled by someone who wants to start up."It would be a tremendous advantage for the town if there was an organisation that traders could belong to. But we don't seem to be able to get it off the ground."He agreed the closure of the holiday camp and current economic climate could adversely affect business.He said: "Generally, if a town does not have a large number of people coming into it, the economy of the area will decrease."The economy is quite a concern. It's a period of uncertainty and people only tend to spend money on what is absolutely essential.


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