One of Leyland’s most popular family-run businesses has shocked customers by closing down today (Friday).
Coppers Tea Rooms, based in the Old Police Station in Golden Hill, opened in 2011 at the hands of Pam and Tim Campbell, with their son and daughter, Liam and Jessica, helping out the venture.
But Pam has just announced the sad closure of the tea rooms, with tonight’s ‘Cocktails in Teapots’ session being the final time the doors will open to the public.
“It is really sad,” Pam told the Guardian. “I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet, but we’ve been struggling for a few months and fewer customers have been coming in.
“I think with the hot weather and maybe people going on holiday, we just can’t catch up financially.
“It’s all come at once really, and customers have been crying when we’ve been telling them this week.
“They’re our friends now, and they’re really shocked about the news.”
She added: “It just isn’t sustainable anymore. I had to tell the staff last week and it was horrible.”
Pam employs her daughter Jessica and an apprentice, plus three more members of staff.
The business expanded in December 2012 when the old courtrooms upstairs were transformed into a function suite and cocktail lounge - a move which was welcomed by the community.
Pam says the suite, which hosted events such as St Ambrose Players murder mystery nights and Leyland Live over the past year, has been making more money recently than the tea rooms have.
“It’s just hard to keep up with the competition of other places,” she said. “I thought it would take weeks for us to close down, but it’s happening now.”
The family has owned the building for more than 10 years, and plans to put it on the market for rent.
- For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Leyland Guardian.