Town suffering as trade evaporates

Ludlow traders have echoed the comments of a businessman who is closing his shop in the town after losing £20,000 in a year.

Ludlow traders have echoed the comments of a businessman who is closing his shop in the town after losing £20,000 in a year.

Jim Smithers, who runs Jim Smithers News in High Street, said trade in the area of the town he had his business in was at risk of dying off.

He will shut up shop on May 22 after 10 years of trading in the town.

Most traders on Broad Street and the square, at either end of the High Street, reported business had slowed down.

Margaret Edwards, of EJ Poyners in Broad Street, said: "Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the busier days for us, but Mondays to Wednesdays are terrible now. The trade is just finished up this end of the town."

She said the loss of Woolworths and Spar had not helped the situation.

Deborah Gaudin, at Broad Bean, also in Broad Street, said: "We are ticking over, but we are not doing as well as we should. I think the town is really suffering.

"I think towns go in and out of fashion and maybe it's somebody else's turn."

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Comments for: "Town suffering as trade evaporates"

Observer

If prove was ever needed that Ludlow is crying out for new affordable housing to increase the local population and thus increase local trade.

diana

if only someone would listen to us the shoppers

the charges for parking are putting us off shopping in Ludlow.

I personally dont shop in Ludlow like I use to.

if I can park for free then that is where I prefer to go

come on Ludlow encourage us to shop with you

free parking would go a long way to get us back