Final Score Sports Shop, a family business in Uckfield High Street is closing down.
Owner Stephen Holliday announced on Facebook tonight that a closing down sale will begin on Monday with 25% off all stock.
“It is with a little sadness but also much relief that we announce that after more than 23 years serving the town, our little family sports shop, Final Score will commence a closing down sale on Monday.
“Unfortunately the rapidly changing nature of retail sales over the last ten (or more) years has finally reached the stage where we have no choice.
“Although the town has grown rapidly over this period, our sales have gone in the opposite direction reflecting the national trend towards the internet as the preferred method of shopping for many people.
“This phenomenon is the main reason why high streets around the country are changing, moving from selling “stuff” (books, trainers, washing machines etc) to offering services (haircuts, nail decorating, food and drink providing etc).
“We are aware of a number of similar small shops like ours who plan to close in the next couple of years when their leases run out.
“We are luckier than most as we own our premises (which are up for sale) and have other business activities to turn to. But if you value your high street shops then we urge you to use them before it’s too late.
“Don’t give your money to large multinationals who care nothing for Uckfield. If you need some surf gear, go to Pipedreams, if you need a guitar, go to the Guitar House on Church Street, if you need a new washing machine try Uckfield Electrics etc etc.
“These businesses are nearly all run by local people who will in turn spend their money locally too. It’s too late for us now but maybe not too late for them….
“Anyway, we are now offering 25% off literally everything (except restrings) we have left until it’s gone! So don’t delay if you were thinking of replacing your old shoes or racket or training gear! Once it’s gone, it’s gone…..
“Thank you sincerely to all our fantastic loyal customers over the years.”
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