The Refill Larder which had established itself in Teddington High Street with its unique offering of friendly service, healthy foods like nuts and grains and eco-friendly local products is closing down, it has been announced.
The popular shop, which opened in 2018, attracted significant passing trade because of its prime position near Cafe Benedict and Dowsetts newsagent is another victim of the economic climate.
Owner Kate Chesshyre gave us a detailed and candid explanation for the shop’s unexpected closure.
She said in a statement to Teddington Town: “The economic downturn and higher interest rates mean people are reducing spending.
“This is well documented across the media and has been affecting most high street retail businesses across the UK.
“Whilst the Refill Larder does have a wonderful strong core customer base, this hasn’t been enough to make the business viable moving forward and turnover is down year on year.
“Business rates will be returning to the full amount in 2024 following a post-covid discounted period; the shop was also facing a rent review from the landlord early next year.
“Another business will be taking over the location. We won’t be able to offer an online food delivery service but we are looking into potential alternative options.
“There are two part-time jobs affected and some occasional holiday staff.”