'We're devastated': Heartbreak as second Sea View Street business in a week shuts its doors
Sea View News owner Steve Edwards and wife Lesley on their final day of trading (Image: Ricky Byrne)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Jan 2019
Another Sea View Street business has called it a day after 40 years of trading.
Sea View News became the second in a week to close on the Cleethorpes street when staff locked up for the final time on New Year's Eve.
Husband and wife team Steve and Lesley Edwards said they are "devastated" to be leaving after two decades building up the newsagents.
But the changing face of Sea View Street and challenges facing retail meant the couple had no choice.
Sea View News owner Steve Edwards back in 2006 (Image: Ricky Byrne)
"There are a number of reasons why," said 66-year-old Steve. "The trading conditions are changing, particularly for small businesses. We are under pressure.
"We went from employing 13 or 14 staff down to employing just five. The challenges small businesses have got are incredible and we know it's not going to get better."
The shock closure follows another well-established business on the street, Macys Lounge, which shut last week due to rising costs and falling footfall.
While the retail changes are "general" and not specific to Sea View Street, Steve said, the street is becoming increasingly focused on bars and restaurants that have tipped the balance away from traditional shops.
"I think it would be unfair to criticise or focus in on Sea View Street because it's changing everywhere," he said.
"But I have seen so many changes down here. It's part of the metamorphosis of how a high street operates.
"There are more bars and restaurants. The balance is changing. No doubt about it."
Macys Lounge Sea View Street in Cleethorpes unexpectedly closed its doors last week (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)
He said: "Cleethorpes is in on the up. It will be a very powerful town for tourism. Time will tell if it it's a good thing or a bad thing."
Steve, who took over the business from his dad John Turner, said he is "devastated" to say goodbye.
He said: "We built things up over 20 years. We're pretty devastated to be fair. We had a very very sad day on New Year's Eve.
"Our customers were in tears, the staff were in tears. It was pretty horrendous for us.
"We're a shop that is central to Sea View Street. A lot of footfall is dependent on our shop. People are going to miss it."
When asked what he plans to do in retirement, his answer was pretty simple: "I'm going to do nothing."