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Framlingham’s 100 year old shoe shop, which closed earlier this year, is being re opened with new owners, who say they will “stay loyal” to its history and customers.
Linda Main and Donna Hammond, who are opening Castle Shoes in the former John Self premises in Albert Place, assured customers “we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel”.
Mrs Main said they had been in discussions with Mrs Buckles and would be keeping up with her traditions. “But we’ll be putting a new stamp on the shop with some exciting new ranges for ladies and gentleman,” she added.
For now, the managers say they’ll be focusing on the back to school range, a popular line for the former shop. Both women have previously worked in the town,
and live locally, with Mrs Hammond having been a customer at the John Self store.
Mrs Main said they were looking forward to opening on Monday and offering a “warm welcome” to all their customers.
Having worked away from Framlingham in recent years, she said it was great to return and see how vibrant the town was with a healthy mix of independent retailers. They say they have a “passion for shoes and delivering outstanding customer service” and wanted to take an active role in the town.
Jenny Stockman, who grew up in Framlingham and is a member of its business association, said she was “gutted” to learn the former shop was closing and “really pleased” with the new opening. “It’s really positive another shoe shop has moved in, which we hope will help keep our high street vibrant,” she added.
Framlingham Town Council said it was “delighted” to welcome a new business and to see the shoe shop continue under new management “which is good news for the town”.
Speaking to the EADT before her retirement in March, Mrs Buckles said it had been a difficult decision to make. “I’ve dedicated my whole life to the shop,” she said. “I loved it from the day I started working here.”