A POPULAR shop owner who has become a central figure in trying to reinvigorate Uttoxeter town centre will be closing up in the New Year.
Helen Davies opened up the unique gift shop Helen Louise, in Carter Street, in September, 2009 but has now made a decision to close the shop at the end of January and move on with her career.
Mrs Davies has become a major part of the fabric of the town centre both through her shop and her work as chairman of the Uttoxeter Trade Forum.
She was also a central figure in Uttoxeter’s bid to become a Portas Pilot town and organised the Victorian Christmas Market set to wow the crowds as the festive lights are switched on this Friday.
That event will mark the beginning of Helen Louise’s closing down sale before Mrs Davies closes her doors for the final time at the end of January.
She told the Advertiser: “The Victorian Christmas Market in Uttoxeter following on from the light switch on at 5pm is to bring local businesses and the community together and give everyone something to enjoy.
“When the lights are switched on I will start a closing down sale where many products will be reduced to clear so people can start their Christmas shopping at Helen Louise and get themselves a unique quality present at a fantastic reduced price.” Mrs Davies said she has loved running the shop and will miss all her loyal customers.
She also encouraged the town’s businesses old and new to continue to work together to make Uttoxeter a thriving town centre.
She said: “For Uttoxeter to be a successful market town current businesses and new businesses coming into the town must work together to offer a variety of different products to shoppers.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working in my shop along with Karen Hicks, my sales assistant, who has been a great asset and friend during this time.
“We have met lots of people from many different towns across the country and have enjoyed helping people from all ages to choose products according to their needs.
“I have enjoyed networking with many in and around the surrounding areas of the town and I have also appreciated the help and support from the town council.
“I would like to thank all my customers and colleagues for their valued support and friendship over the past few years — you will be missed, even those who just stopped by for a chat.”