Paprika gift shop, one of Wellington’s retail landmark’s is to close at the end of this month. Owners Sue and Slyder Smith say they have struggled to keep the business viable in recent times and after 12 years have decided to shut up shop.
“Over the years we have gone through many ups and downs and battled to survive through the recession but after a particularly difficult year, an uncertain economic future plus a changing landscape on the High Street we have decided to call it a day,” they announced this week.
“It has been our passion to trade with ethical and Fair Trade suppliers bringing unusual and interesting gifts, jewellery and fashion to Wellington, selling products that we have genuinely loved ourselves and to always try our best to offer the best customer service with our knowledge and enthusiasm. In doing this we have very much enjoyed becoming part of the Wellington community and have made good friendships with many of our customers.
“In the coming weeks we will be trading as normal but as items run out we will not be replenishing our stocks. Some items we have reduced in our final January sale.”
Paprika’s closure comes at a bad time for that particular section of the town centre. By mid-February HSBC bank, Cloud 9 and Paprika will all be empty in one 100m section of the street.
“It is always sad to see any business close but we remain optimistic for Wellington overall,” commented Keith Wheatley, chair of the town’s Business Association. “In the past year we have seen half a dozen new traders open and begin to establish themselves. Change shouldn’t automatically be seen as meaning decline.”