Keynsham shop to close after nearly 60 years

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By welland | Friday, September 17, 2010, 14:51

ONE of Keynsham’s most popular shops is to close after almost 60 years in the town.

The Handyman’s Shop on The Centre precinct opposite the Clock Tower has ten full and part-time employees.

Its owner Dave Cocks blames the loss of 300 free parking spaces in St John’s Court for the new Tesco store and the uncertainty over the future of The Centre.

Landowners Bath and North East Somerset Council revealed in December last year that they wanted to redevelop the site and shopkeepers would have to leave next year.

But traders have since been told they will not have to leave before 2012 at the earliest and the council last month launched public consultation exercise for the regeneration of Keynsham Town Centre.

The closure of The Handyman’s Shop is another blow to the town centre following closely on the announcement earlier this week of the Eurospar supermarket closing on October 9.

Mr Cocks said: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly. The shop has loyal staff and loyal customers. I feel in one way I am letting Keynsham down but on the other hand, there is little I can do about it. I’ve had enough of trying to fight this council.”

The popular hardware store which stocks thousands of items from drain rods to doorbells, light bulbs to linen as well as a huge range of hand and power tools.

Leonard Dunn set up the business in Rock Road, Keynsham, in 1951, moving to the 2,400sq ft store when the shopping precinct was built in the 1960s.

His son Alan took over and when Alan retired 14 years ago, Dave Cox bought the thriving business but will be 65 this year.

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  • Profile image for wingskeynsham

    This is very sad, but I find it more worrying that Eurospar is closing. Much as I dislike the shop, I don't like the fact that a double fronted shop on the high street will be empty, nor do I like the fact that Keynsham will now (for a while at least) only be served for groceries by Iceland. It's hardly doing the place any favours from a demographics points of view. Does anyone know if Eurospar has been bought by someone else or if the premises will be empty?

    By wingskeynsham at 20:06 on 05/10/10

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  • Profile image for welland

    it is very sad that this shop is closing. It is the place that every town needs where you know you can get anything you want in the DIY range.

    By welland at 14:57 on 17/09/10

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