There has been shock and sadness with hundreds of customers and well wishers paying their tributes after well-known and much-loved store Marlows Home and Garden Centre announced today that it will be closing down.
It made the news this morning with a short post on its Facebook site saying: “Due to poor trading conditions caused by Coronavirus, Marlows Home and Garden will be closing down. We expect the closure to be complete by the Autumn 2020. We would like to thank all of our amazing customers for the support shown during these difficult times.”
It prompted a massive response on social media with hundreds of people logging onto the Marlows’ Facebook site with concerns over the lost jobs, the loss of a favourite café and memories of happy times at the store in Hollow Road, Bury Set Edmunds.
Some of them read:
Stephanie Bell: “ A store with a lovely cafe closing. It was a lovely place to take the kids at Xmas too. More livelihoods and jobs lost.”
Janie Tyler: “So sad. Such a fantastic Home and Garden Centre. A real loss for the community.”
Lisa Butcher: “I worked at Marlows for nearly 15 years, when it was the builders’ merchants and garden centre. Such a sad loss to the community.”
Sue Crowie: This is such a really difficult time for all, I hope the team their find alternative work soon.”
Simone Lorraine: “This is so sad. One of my favourite places to eat and have a coffee.”
Kirsty Laifa: “An end of an era and so sad to see.”
Michelle Moore: “So sad and truly sorry to hear this. I love Marlows.”
Trudi Revere: “This is such a shame. I’ve been visiting you since I first moved here in 1997. I’ll definitely miss you.”
Machaela Arnold: “Oh no! I’m absolutely gutted! I love Marlows.”
Ruth Jarvis: “This is such sad news for our town. It is a local institution.”
Julie Culpin That’s such sad news and just as things were starting to move a little.
Chris Kit: “You are one of the best companies in East Anglia. Devastated for you and all your staff. Thank you for the great service and laughs over many years.”
Amanda Holleyman: “A huge loss to Bury St Edmunds. Such a wonderful store and cafe. Nowhere else like it. Sending best wishes to all the staff.”
Sharon Wilding: “So sad to hear about this… It’s part of BSE! Me and my NHS buddies were looking forward to coming for a lovely breakfast after all this had died down. You were all so kind at the start of this pandemic even giving my friend a loo roll or two and free coffee as she had just finished nights…this is such a shame.”
Claire Rose: “Such a shame, your plants were always very reliable. Best wishes to you all.”
Janine Moles: “Oh no, that is beyond a shame. It’s such an amazing garden centre and fantastic restaurant. I’m so saddened that this has happened to you due to the coronavirus … thinking of all the staff at this terrible time.”
Pauline King: “This is such sad news, we loved coming to Marlows, my husband loved the garden centre, and I loved browsing round the store, and we never visited without going into the cafe, Sarah was amazing also her staff, we have been saying can’t wait for lockdown to end, so we can go and see Sarah and have a scone, they were delicious, we wish Sarah and everyone else all the best for the future so sad.”
Ronny Moss: “There was some really lovely people worked there, some great memories and I really feel for the staff now out of work, especially the ones that I know so well. I wish those all the best luck for the future.”