A Bath city centre store is closing its doors after trading on the same site in Old Bond Street for around 220 years. Woods the Stationers first opened in the 18th century.
The store’s current owners, husband-and-wife team John Sieberhagen and Rachel Shutter, issued the following statement to local newspaper Bath Live: “All good things must come to an end’ has never been truer. It is with a heavy heart that the staff and management announce the sad closure of Woods The Stationers Ltd, the long established family owned independent stalwart of Bath city centre. The sign on the back of the door will flip from ‘open’ to ‘closed’ for the last time on March 22 2019.”
Sieberhagen and Shutter said the store sold everything from 10p golf pencils to £500 handmade individually numbered sterling silver ‘Yard-O-Led’ pens and everything else in between.
News of the closure prompted many heartfelt responses on social media. One of them, from Lisa Weissinger Goldsmith, said: "I shop there regularly, it’s such a shame. Don’t take independents for granted - use them or lose them!”
After reading the piece in Somerset Live, co-owner John said: "It brought more than a tear or two to my eyes. Actually seeing it written makes it real, and unfortunately brings home just how sad and depressing things have become on our high street in our beautiful city.”