Gift and framing shop Framed in The Ashley Centre in Epsom to close

Framed, in The Ashley Centre, will be closing on May 18

Framed, in The Ashley Centre, will be closing on May 18

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A gift and framing shop in The Ashley Centre will be shutting on Sunday.

Framed, which sells cards and gifts, prints and images and provides a framing and mounting service, will be shutting up shop on May 18, after two years of trading.

Its manager, Christina Agate, said the high costs of renting the shop space and paying business rates has meant Framed has to close.

She said: "I can’t afford the business rates and the rent.

"I thought that it would turn-over more and it hasn’t.  What I was earning was just about covering my costs and the business rates. 

"I tried to appeal against how much I have been paying in rates but to no avail.

"The footfall in The Ashley Centre is certainly better than being in the town centre. 

"It’s a busy little centre, but I was just not making enough."

Ms Agate said high rents and business rates have also been affecting other small independent retailers.

She added: "Without a doubt, it does affect them. 

"Per square foot paying the same amount as Marks and Spencer, of course we are going to struggle.  It’s very high."

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7:57am Wed 14 May 14

Mr Boe says...

Such a shame, a great little shop that needs supporting. Someone should really investigate into these high rents for small business. Perhaps the owners will realise when the Ashley Centre is a ghost town
Such a shame, a great little shop that needs supporting. Someone should really investigate into these high rents for small business. Perhaps the owners will realise when the Ashley Centre is a ghost town Mr Boe
  • Score: 8

8:28am Wed 14 May 14

EwellMan says...

Usual Story "Cant afford the Business Rates and Rent" and what chance do small retailers have when the likes of Amazon pay very little tax on billion turnover and then you have the big chains using tax avoidence to get away with paying little tax.
In the new recently they attacked Gary Barlow for Tax avoidence, the sad thing is he was most probably advised by his tax avoider to do that and used an independant company. A lot of these big chains especially global ones like Starbucks just start up multiple companies in order to move profit around so not to pay any tax. This is deemd acceptable but pretty much that same as what Gary did.
Usual Story "Cant afford the Business Rates and Rent" and what chance do small retailers have when the likes of Amazon pay very little tax on billion turnover and then you have the big chains using tax avoidence to get away with paying little tax. In the new recently they attacked Gary Barlow for Tax avoidence, the sad thing is he was most probably advised by his tax avoider to do that and used an independant company. A lot of these big chains especially global ones like Starbucks just start up multiple companies in order to move profit around so not to pay any tax. This is deemd acceptable but pretty much that same as what Gary did. EwellMan
  • Score: 3

12:41pm Wed 14 May 14

sjsunny says...

Such a shame, this issue of business rates, rent and parking really ought to be adressed before more traders and customers vote with their feet. One for Mr Worley to deal with I think!
Such a shame, this issue of business rates, rent and parking really ought to be adressed before more traders and customers vote with their feet. One for Mr Worley to deal with I think! sjsunny
  • Score: 6

6:44pm Wed 14 May 14

Andy007 says...

Is that why they closed their shop in Dorking as well????
Is that why they closed their shop in Dorking as well???? Andy007
  • Score: 3

11:29am Thu 15 May 14

Epsomite says...

The Ashley Centre is a mess. No escalators which is an absolute joke - the lift situation is quite frankly appalling and dangerous.
Shops come and go - then we have TWO H&M's, neither of which stock menswear!
There are hardly any clothes outlets for men or children, it's little surprise everyone heads to Kingston or Croydon.

Investment, cheaper rates, better parking all needed if things are to improve.
The Ashley Centre is a mess. No escalators which is an absolute joke - the lift situation is quite frankly appalling and dangerous. Shops come and go - then we have TWO H&M's, neither of which stock menswear! There are hardly any clothes outlets for men or children, it's little surprise everyone heads to Kingston or Croydon. Investment, cheaper rates, better parking all needed if things are to improve. Epsomite
  • Score: 3

11:30am Thu 15 May 14

jswan1 says...

Always sad to see a small retailer having to shut up shop, but in this case I think it's more of a case of diminished demand for such services worldwide. This is the technology age, and prints, frames, even greeting cards are very much a thing of the past when most people turn to the internet. It's frustrating for those of us who still require such services but it needs to be accepted that these are changing times.
Always sad to see a small retailer having to shut up shop, but in this case I think it's more of a case of diminished demand for such services worldwide. This is the technology age, and prints, frames, even greeting cards are very much a thing of the past when most people turn to the internet. It's frustrating for those of us who still require such services but it needs to be accepted that these are changing times. jswan1
  • Score: 4

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