Lack of footfall closes Kettering children’s shop

Kettering, Market St. Work on pedestrianisation of Market St nearly complete. 'Open for business Sam Hutchings of Honey Kitten encouraging shoppers to come back to the street. 'Wednesday, 05 October 2011
Kettering, Market St. Work on pedestrianisation of Market St nearly complete. 'Open for business Sam Hutchings of Honey Kitten encouraging shoppers to come back to the street. 'Wednesday, 05 October 2011
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A children’s shop whose owner campaigned for cheaper parking has closed due to a lack of footfall in a newly pedestrianised street.

Children’s clothing and accessory shop Honeykitten in Market Street, Kettering, closed this week.

A notice in the window from owner Sam Hitchings, who collected hundreds of signatures calling on Kettering Council to lower parking charges to increase custom, said: “It has not been possible to remain open given the current lack of footfall in the area.”

Trade dropped when Market Street was pedestrianised last summer.

Paul Thomas, of Kettering Council, said: “The Council is unaware of the exact trading position of the shop in question.

“However, times are challenging but Kettering still has a lower than average number of vacant shops and more shops are planned to open soon which is good news for the town.”

Sales will continue through the business’ Facebook page and in Mocha Mama in Glendon.