Independent closes furniture shop due to rising costs

Independent furniture business Kerri’s Farmhouse Pine has announced that it has closed its Norfolk store.

The family-run business, which operates from its premises at the Old Railway Station in Reepham, confirmed that it has taken the “difficult decision” to stop manufacturing pine furniture, citing a number of reasons but mainly due to rising raw material and energy costs.

Kerri’s Farmhouse Pine said it will try to keep its gift shop open and is currently selling off remaining furniture stock, bringing an end to 35 years of trade.

In a statement, the company said: “It is with great sadness that after 35 years of trading, we have taken the difficult decision to stop manufacturing pine furniture. As many of you will understand, the spiralling cost of wood combined with the continued rise of fuel and energy costs means we are no longer able to produce our furniture at an affordable and fair price for our customers.

“We will try to keep the gift shop open. Please also note that the other brilliant businesses onsite are continuing to trade (The Station Café Reepham, Cushion Cottage and The Station Barbers Reepham).

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our carpentry, delivery and finishing team for their dedication and loyalty to this business, especially over the last few years with all of the unprecedented challenges we have faced.

“We would also like to say a MASSIVE thank our customers past and present and future for their unwavering support of our small business and hope to see you all again soon. Please continue to buy local where you can during this difficult time for independent businesses.”

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