Attic in St Mary’s Street, Stamford to close
A shop selling women’s clothing is to close its doors after 15 years of trading.
Attic, located in St Mary’s Street, Stamford, was set up by sisters-in-law Marion Lindley and Kathryn White after they saw an opportunity to bring mid-range fashion to the town.
Following a turbulent year in both business and the pair’s personal life, the duo has decided to close the shop to move onto the next chapters in their lives.
Kathryn said: “We’ve been trading for 15 successful years in Attic.
“Obviously this last year has been very difficult in trading but we both also had life-changing events which happened, some were fantastic and some not so good.
“We felt it was the right time for us to close.
“We’ve been absolutely inundated with so many kind messages from our very dear customers saying how sad they are.”
The pair have both been involved in retail for the majority of their careers - Marion on the operational side and Kathryn with buying merchandise - which gave them the confidence to set up their own store.
After the opportunity presented itself, they made it their mission to provide mid-range clothing for women in Stamford, as well as accessories and gifts.
Kathryn said: “We have known each other the majority of our lives and worked well together. We have complimentary skill sets.”
She added: “To be honest, I think the business is still viable as Stamford is a fantastic market town.”
Despite bidding farewell to Attic, the pair still have many fond memories to look back on.
Kathryn said: “We had some incredibly successful and enjoyable fashion evenings.
“We would sell tickets for customers to come to the shop, have a fashion show and the opportunity to purchase at a discounted price and organised with Cloisters, which is just over the road, for the ladies to have a light supper.”
Attic will be reopening on April 12, in line with Government regulations, to hold a closing down sale before shutting officially on May 14.
“We have lovely spring and summer stock and we’ve also got last season’s stock,” said Kathryn. “It will give us a chance to sell one last time.
“In the past 52 weeks we’ve only been able to open for just under 26 weeks.”