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Shop owner has to move as customers ‘too scared’ to come down street

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The owner of a bridal shop says she has had to move her business to new location after 31 years – because customers are “too scared” to come down the street.

Wendy Reed, 60, has had to deal with multiple incidents of anti-social behaviour outside Westlands bridal shop in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Wendy said: “I just can’t stay down West Street anymore because I have too much trouble. I have trouble with parking, people peeing in my doorway and I can’t deal with the drunks.

“I can’t shut because I have five staff and don’t want to let them down, so I’m moving to the Boston Laundry on Main Ridge. I’ll give it a couple of years to see how it goes there but West Street has just absolutely died.

“Everyone that comes in says they’re too scared to come down here. In April, Rebos is going and I’m going. It will become an absolute ghost town.

“I know of another big shop that’s going as well but they haven’t announced it yet. I’m 61 next week, I’d have liked to have seen my years out at West Street in my shop but I can’t because nobody’s coming down there. I thought I’d be there forever, but the town has absolutely had it.”

The shop will move to a new location in Boston next month, Lincolnshire Live reports.

Cost of living: Howard Cox warns small businesses may go bust

The woman’s decision comes after the self-employed reacted to The Chancellor’s Budget, unveiled in the House of Commons yesterday.

Jeremy Hunt used the Budget to slash the price of pints in British pubs, which he said has been achieved as a result of post-Brexit freedoms.

He also announced a further £5 billion for the Ministry of Defence across the next two years, with £11 billion being allocated over the course of five years.


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