Entrepreneur Molly to close store
A young entrepreneur has expressed her disappointment at having to close her jewellery store in Market Deeping after receiving notice to vacate the business premises.
Molly Clegg, 23, the owner of Murano Silver in Market Place, recently received notice from her landlord Howard Callow that he was terminating their lease agreement following five years of trading.
“It came as a real surprise,” said Molly, who took on the jewellery store as a teenager.
“It was very unexpected as I have been a good tenant and was not expecting this.”
While doing her A-levels Molly started working at Murano Silver on Saturday mornings.
She loved the business so much that she ended up buying it from the owner.
Molly then did such a good job of the venture that she later opened a second shop in Stamford last year.
It is in the unit formerly occupied by Snow Designs and Interiors in St Mary’s Street.
“I opened the Market Deeping store in September 2013 and have spent the last five years building it up,” she said.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with the landlord so was surprised to get a letter to say he is terminating the tenancy.
“I love this store, it’s where it all started and I have a real emotional connection to it, so I’m really sad that I’m going to have to close.”
Molly has been given until August to vacate the store and said she was unsure if she would look for new premises.
“I’m not going to rush into anything right now,” she said.
“I’ll never say no to another shop if the right offer comes along but I’m going to spend some time in the Stamford store and focus on it for now.”
She said the Stamford branch was going “very well” since it opened in October.
“We’re starting to get a lot of return customers, which means we’re doing something right,” said Molly.
“I’d love to stay in Market Deeping as it’s where I live, but I’ve always been quite careful and don’t want to rush into anything.”
Molly said she employed one person at the Market Deeping store.
“She has been really fantastic but will have to leave when the store closes as there is no job.”
Landlord Howard Callow declined to comment on the matter when contacted by the Mercury.