Changes on the High Street
The impact of Covid-19 on consumer retail sectors has seen the largest annual fall on record with clothing sales seeing the largest falls. The impact on this is already being seen in Henley this week with clothing and shoe stores announcing they are closing. There are though some positive news with new shops opening and others moving to bigger premises. Henley still has one of the lowest non-occupancy shop rates in the UK.
After 10 years of trading Estilo, the ladies wear shop on Duke Street is closing on Saturday 19 June as their lease has expired and building has been sold. Marion Crocker who has run Estilo said, “It has been the best experience for me to complete my long retail career in beautiful shop premises with fabulous people. I am planning to continue Estilo online, on Facebook and Instagram. My team and I would like to thank our customers for their friendship, loyalty, kindness and support throughout our time in Henley. It has been amazing.” A new children’s clothes shop will open in this retail unit soon.
Daisy’s Boutique in Friday Street has closed and Manzana shoe shop on Bell Street is also closing at the end of June. They have a closing down sale with 50% off ladies shoes, boots, sandals and children’s shoes. To book a child’s fitting appointment before they close call 01491 574500. Owner Denise posted on Facebook, “Thank you for your continued custom over the years. Do pop in to say farewell. We will miss you from Denise, Gary & The Manzana Team.
Esquires barbers closed on Saturday (29 May 2021). This is due to a combination of things including lockdown and ladies becoming skilled at cutting their partner’s/husband’s/children’s hair! They said, “We have really enjoyed our time in Henley and would like to thank all our clients for their support over the years. Thank you!”
Very sad indeed but shops close and open all the time but high rents do not help. I was very lucky I had two local landlords when I had my shops and they understood Henley. It was once said to me it would be easier to open a shop on the moon to make money! Even some of the big names could not survive.
Some people get totally the wrong idea of Henley and I guess Marlow and other small market towns are much the same. Plus a lot of Henley people are savvy and shop up in London and online plus know how to look after their money. It was once said, not sure how true, but Tesco sold more value products per person in Henley than anywhere else in England.