‘I’m very, very upset. I love my little shop in Leyland.’
The owner of a town centre card and gift shop is devastated as he announces the shop must close this month.
Martin Tetlow, who has run Three Wishes on Hough Lane for four of the shop’s 30 years, blames competition from supermarkets for the decline in business.
“It’s just not making any money anymore,” he admitted.
“It’s been going downhill these past couple of years. It was tight before that, before I came, but it’s just gone to pot recently. We will be closing at the end of the month.”
He added: “I’ve tried discounting prices and improving lines, but nothing seems to work.
“When I first came here, I thought things were going to get better, but I’ve not been out of the recession for the past four years.
“There are too many people trying to sell cards, at the same time as customers not having enough money to spend.
“You only have to look at the number of empty shops to see there’s a problem.
“Leyland is quite a successful little town really. I live near Accrington and it’s like a war zone there, so I think Leyland is weathering the storm compared to others.
“Supermarkets are to blame as well; they’re killing the high street.”
Mr Tetlow, 57, featured in the paper last December to encourage people to support independent businesses in the run up to Christmas. Sadly, he won’t have a presence in the town this festive season.
He said national firms like the Card Factory, which also has a shop on Hough Lane, makes it hard to compete.
“I’m very, very upset,” he added. “I love my little shop in Leyland. I love the people. I don’t know what I’m going to do now.”
It is understood that the shop is set to be taken over by another business.