Thursday, 21 October 2021

Shop’s future uncertain

THE future of a homeware shop in Henley is in doubt.

THE future of a homeware shop in Henley is in doubt.

Cargo in Market Place could close or be replaced by a Bensons for Beds outlet.

Steinhoff UK, which owns both national brands, said this week that the Cargo brand would be withdrawn from the high street early next year and thereafter trade online.

It said Bensons for Beds was now the UK’s leading bed retailer after years of consistent growth.

A spokeswoman said: “The company has decided to accelerate this growth by utilising some of the group’s retail premises in the South-East. As such, a number of Cargo stores will be rebranded to the Bensons fascia in order to give it additional presence and optimise the business’s return from its store portfolio.”

She refused to clarify whether the Henley store would close or be rebranded.

Cargo’s first store was opened by 20-year-old James Waller Carpenter in London in 1876. JW Carpenter was bought by Steinhoff UK, one of the largest furniture retailers, in 2004. Meanwhile, the Hearing Clinic Henley, formerly the Henley Hearing Centre, has moved premises.

After being based part-time at the Henley Chiropractic Centre in West Lane for the last 18 months, it now has its own premises in Hart Street due to what it says is increasing demand.

The official opening will take place today (Friday). There will be refreshments and information as well as a chance to meet director Leon Cox and his team.

Mr Cox said: “Hearing matters can sometimes get glossed over without the appropriate attention to detail. We offer a more understanding and contemporary approach and I feel the clinic has grown quickly because of the unique service delivery and personal touch.”

Mr Cox, who lives in High Wycombe, studied business at The Henley College and trained as a hearing aid dispenser and worked for the NHS before completing a masters’ degree in audiological science at University College London.

His clients have included actress Rula Lenska.

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