Unfortunately Henley high street is suffering from more closures. Paperchase on Bell Street is the latest shop to announce it is closing on 19 August and Cafe Copia on Market Place also shut its doors yesterday. A regular was told by staff that they have closed both the Henley and the Marlow branches.
A spokesperson for Paperchase said, “The Henley closure is part of the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) process the company started in March this year. This was after a period of productive consultation with its landlords regarding a restructuring of the store portfolio and a better alignment of the rents of certain stores in proportion with footfall and trading. In a statement made in the March, the company’s press release said, “While the majority of the 145 store estate will continue to trade as normal, Paperchase expects a small number of loss making stores will be closed as part of the process. Paperchase will work closely with employees affected by the closures to try and ensure their continued employment with the business.”
With Clarks closing last month, this leaves two large retail units on Bell Street. Wine Rack on Market Place who were due to move to the old Louise Claire Millinery shop opposite whilst the shop and flats above were being redeveloped has closed its doors too. We asked Wine Rack for a statement regarding the closure but have not received a reply.
Boots Pharmacy off West Street next to the doctors’ surgeries is to close on 23 August after negotiations over the lease broke down.
On Hart Street, Jack Brunsden and Cherwell windows and door shops have also closed.
It’s tough on the high street – please support those local independent shops we still have.