Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wool shop to re-open

A WOOL shop is to re-open in Henley just seven months after closing. Black Hills Yarn owner Penny Cole shut

A WOOL shop is to re-open in Henley just seven months after closing. Black Hills Yarn owner Penny Cole shut the Hart Street shop in January, saying she was unable to compete with online stockists.

She put the lease up for sale and was in negotiations with Lorraine Hillier, owner of the Hot Gossip coffee house in Friday Street, who was interested in opening a tea room. However, the women couldn’t agree a deal and Mrs Cole began negotiating with someone else to take over the lease but that deal also fell through, leaving her continuing to pay business rates and rent on the shop until April next year.

Mrs Cole, who also has a showroom in Watlington, where she lives with her husband Brian, says she hopes her decision to re-open the shop on Friday, August 23, the eve of the bank holiday weekend, will be popular.

She said: “We are coming into the busy knitting season, which runs from August to April. That is when a lot of people start to knit.”

She ruled out extending her lease beyond April, even if the shop proves to be successful, saying: “Absolutely, categorically no.”

Ms Hillier, who is a town councillor, said: “I do wish them well on their return as I really liked the wool shop and Penny used to hold knitting classes at Hot Gossip in the evenings.”

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