A downtown Daventry shoe store that has served customers for 35 years is closing for the last time.
It’s the end of an era for family-run High Street company Quinn’s Footwear, which has been selling footwear and accessories since 1987.
Owner Declan Quinn said he thought it was one of the oldest independent traders in downtown Daventry.
He said, “We’re very proud of our achievement, but that’s just the end of the store, not the business.
“In terms of nostalgia and loyalty, it’s sad, but now is the time for us to move on.”
Declan, who took over from Patrick’s Shoes in the High Street, said the store would close by the end of next month.
It will now open a new Shoe Station Direct outlet in their warehouse in Newton Close, Daventry.
“We’ve been trading online for ten years,” Declan added.
“It brings us 95% of our income, so now is the time for us.”
Daventry shoppers paid tribute to Quinn’s staff and said the store will be missed.
Mum Kellie Hodgett, who lives in the city, said: ‘I was so sad to hear of the closure; It is shameful.
“It’s a nice family business. It was really the only shoe store that catered to everyone’s needs.”
Kellie said it was a big loss for the city.
“I’m sure a lot of people in the city will miss it,” she added,
“There’s no doubt that rising costs have hit them hard. Unfortunately, I think it’s a ripple effect – prices are rising for essentials, which may mean cuts need to be made somewhere else and not replacing shoes as often as before.”
Dawn Branigan, from the nearby Daventry Framing Centre, had been a client for many years.
She said: “I just think it’s sad to finally have to leave Daventry to buy something – online shoe shopping just doesn’t work for me.”
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