Hitchin cooking goods shop Colanders to close after 25 years

Hitchin's Churchgate, home to Colanders - at far left - for 25 years. Picture: Danny Loo

Hitchin's Churchgate, home to Colanders - at far left - for 25 years. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin cooking goods shop that has been a fixture of the town centre for a quarter of a century is to close next month.

The management at Colanders, in Churchgate, have posted a closing-down statement in their window announcing that they will close for the last time at 5.30pm on Saturday, May 26.

The statement says: “After 25 years serving the town of Hitchin, Colanders have, sadly, made the decision to close the business at the end of May 2018.

“Colanders has been a high street retailer for over 25 years and we have enjoyed serving you all – but we have found it increasingly difficult to keep up with the internet, supermarkets and the lack of footfall to the town.

“We have many loyal customers, and we thank you all for supporting us during the last 25 years.”

The news comes hot on the heels of other independent Hitchin retailers closing – including iconic department store Hawkins of Hitchin, and fellow Churchgate outlet Electronic Universe.

The announcement has prompted a large reaction in the community, with many expressing sadness online at Colanders’ imminent closure.

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Rob Weavers, of independent home interior shop Maison Blanc in Bancroft, posted last night: “Sad news. At least the fifth independent retailer to close its doors within a month.

“Having a shop myself in town, it is vital that local customers support us – be that food, fashion or in my case home interiors.

“Please think twice before hitting the internet. It is true, footfall in Hitchin is low.”

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