Keynsham shop to close after nearly 60 years
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 Centre shopping precinct facing an uncertain future.
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.