Taylor Electrical to close after 90 years

Taylor Electrical, Halesworth The Halesworth store will close along with shops in Beccles, Diss and Mildenhall

Related Stories

A family-run chain of electrical shops in Norfolk and Suffolk closes after 90 years of trading, leaving 23 people out of work.

Taylor Electrical, which opened its first store in Beccles in 1922, also has branches in Halesworth, Diss and Mildenhall.

Philip Reeve, who has been manager of the Halesworth shop for 11 years, said a closure date had not been set.

"A lot of businesses are on the edge, we've tipped over the edge," he said.

Mr Reeve said the business had been hit by the number of people buying electrical goods online.

"People don't realise the impact it has when people buy stuff off the internet," he said.

Mr Reeve said the announcement has had a surprising impact on customers, with some hugging him in the street and crying.

"We are a community shop," he said. "We're extremely shocked by the reaction we've had, very humbling in a lovely way.

"You don't realise the impact you have on people's lives when these sort of things happen."

A spokesperson from the chain's head office in Beccles said the stores were likely to close "in the next couple of months".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories

RSS

Features

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6


  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?


  • Woman with closed eyeStrange light show

    What do you see when you close your eyes?


  • Sony WalkmanLost ideas

    What has happened to Japan's inventors?


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.