A long-standing, family-run hardware business in Boston has announced with regret that it is to cease trading.
Fenland Fastenings, in Argyle Street, is to close after 36 years of service.
The business began life in a small wooden shed in the yard of founder Sam Bolland.
Today, it is managed and run by Sam’s son-in-law Bryan Hazelwood, daughter Christine Hazelwood and granddaughter Sheli Scott.
The family pointed to two factors in the decision to close, the first being that a number of staff – including Bryan and Christine – are of retirement age, and the second being competition from the internet.
“Now, we have to fight for every pound that we make,” said Sheli on how the world wide web has affected trade.
There is not a firm closing date in place. The family had a date of December 23 in mind, but this may end up being brought forward as stock gets sold off.
A clearance sale is under way, although the business is continuing to fulfil customer orders.
News of the closure has been met with disbelief and sadness among customers.
One visitor to the business’s Facebook page said: “God, I will miss that place it’s like my second home so sorry.”
Sheli said: “I would just like to thank everybody who has supported us over the years.
“I started working here at seven on a Saturday morning. I have some people I have known all my life that still come and see me. It’s going to be a wrench, but it’s got to be done.”
Bryan said the decision to close was taken with regret.
He said: “We thank all clients, emphasis on the all, for their patronage over the years and look forward to meeting one or two in social circumstances. We wish everybody continued success in the future.”
For more on Fenland Fastenings visit www.fenfast.co.uk or search for Fenland Fastenings Ltd at www.facebook.com