Beverley's oldest shop Briggs & Powell shuts its doors for the last time

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Feb 2017

Beverley will see the end of an era on Saturday, when the town centre's oldest shop closes its doors for the last time.

After trading in the town's market place since 1896, Briggs & Powell Ltd has become a victim of 21st century shopping habits.

Online shopping and shopping parks with free parking have taken custom away from the family-run independent hardware and electrical store.

Director Sue Cattle, whose father Thomas Jarratt ran the business before her, has worked in the Saturday Market shop for half a century.

She says: “Everyone thinks it's sad we're closing and people say 'what are we going to do without you'.

“It's bound to be emotional for us, I have been here for over 50 years. Everyone is asking what will happen now."

Hull-based commercial property agent Scotts are advertising the property for sale for offers over £750,000, for the freehold with vacant possession.

TRADITIONAL: Briggs & Powell has lost out to online shopping.

Mrs Cattle said: “We are for sale, a sign went up on Thursday, and we have already had interest."

Saturday's last day of trading will be a normal day, with no fanfare.

Mrs Cattle said: “We are completely traditional, we are not celebrating or anything. It would have been nicer if it had come to a different end from what it has done.

“If I had been 20 or 30 years younger I might have thought we will change direction with the business," she said.

“Online shopping has had an effect and all the traditional customers are dying off. Too many things are done online now, it's just circumstances and the way retail is going."

Mrs Cattle and her husband Graham, who is also a director of the business, are now looking forward to their first holiday together in a decade.

She said: “We have not had holidays for years, we have not been able to. It will be nice to get away, our last holiday was nine years ago."

Mrs Cattle, who is a grandmother, is also looking forward to more family time. Several of the Beverley town centre shop's 12 staff are retiring, while others are looking for new jobs.

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