The Bran Tub, a Petersfield health and wholefoods retail institution for 45 years, is to close its doors as rising costs and falling sales finally take their toll.
In a message on the store’s Facebook page, owners Gillian and Kevin Silverthorn, said: “Just when we were looking forward to things getting better, as the pandemic situation started to improve, unfortunately things took a turn for the worse. Rising costs and falling sales meant our business was unsustainable. And after countless sleepless nights we took the very sad decision to call it a day.
“We’d like to thank all our staff, past and present. In particular, a huge thank you to the current fantastic team that worked through the most difficult of times with enthusiasm and good humour. We’ve worked together, been to weddings, christenings and parties together and we’re so proud of this group of people. We wish them all the very best for the future. We’d also like to thank all our customers, fellow traders and suppliers for their custom and support over the years.”
The Silverthorns say they want to “be able to meet our obligations and cease trading with some pride and dignity” and have urged loyal customers to “support us by shopping at The Bran Tub until we sell all our stock and close our doors”.