During the past few weeks I must have had this conversation at least 50 times a day. 'Why are you closing down?'. Originally my answer was a rather vague comment about the amount of shopping footfall on Micklegate. However, in conversation with many local residents and frequent visitors to York it has become clear exactly what the problem is.
Historically Saturday has never performed for us; and quite often would prove to be the quietest day, in terms of takings, over the whole week. Yes, we have always known that Micklegate is traditionally a lively street with plenty of bars and pubs, but I have underestimated the negative impact the ongoing volume of hens, stags, and other group celebrations have had on the shopping footfall in the area.
It's not a scientific poll but I can report that 100% of people who have commented, and are in a position to visit Micklegate on a regular basis, have said that they keep away on a weekend because it is so unruly. Now, the liveliness doesn't bother me personally (in a previous life I owned a busy Harrogate Nightclub for 8 years), but it is clearly bothering other residents and visitors. In fact many people have commented that they are now beginning to keep away from York City Centre in general on a weekend because it is being taken over by the drinkers.
I don't profess to know what the answer is (and very shortly it will no longer be my problem) but York County Council is in danger of sleepwalking into a situation that will be very difficult to recover from.
The other comments I receive on a regular basis are to do with the amount of roadworks and other disruption that there is on Micklegate. I find it hard to remember a single month during the 29 months that Granville's has been open that hasn't seen some form of disruption to the street. We also have road signs perpetually distributed randomly along the street and on each entrance. The signs are quite often incorrect and left in dangerous positions. They fall over blocking the pavements and are not moved for days.
I could go on ... but I won't. I've got work to do closing down a shop.
We have finally decided to call it a day. Granville's is a great shop and we have good deal of loyal local customers, however there is not sufficient shopping footfall on Micklegate to justify continuing.the investment (time and money) in the shop. We have a fantastic landlord and the rent is very manageable - that is not the problem.
There is a lot of stock to sell and there will be a closing down sale beginning tomorrow (Wed 16 Aug). All displayed stock will be sold at 50% off the ticket price. I know that many of our regular customers will be disappointed and I do apologise for that. I would also like to thank everyone who has shopped with us over the past two years and hope to see you take advantage of the bargains that are available in the sale.
Micklegate is a great street and there are some fantastic businesses here. I am sure we will see many old and new faces at the Micklegate Run on Bank Holiday Monday and look forward to seeing the street packed again.
for every time I have been asked over the last couple of days if we are closing down, I'd be able ... to close down, and retire.
We are having a Massive Stock Clearance Sale and not a Closing Down Sale. I think it is because we have slashed all prices in the shop during the sale by 50% (and not the usual retailers' trick of only cutting prices on the stuff they can't normally get rid of) that, understandably, many people see it as a sign that we are closing.
We are a fully independent operation and we are doing it firstly, because we can and secondly, to gauge how much of a market there is for our current range of products in this part of town (Micklegate). Another consideration is that we want to make sure our regular customers have a decent chance of benefiting from the sale and so it will continue throughout the whole of this week.
We are comfortable that our normal prices are very competitive (we do check with the competition) and so the Half-Price sale prices have left many visitors to the shop visibly shocked (in a good way) at what is on offer at below bargain-basement prices. Yes, we have to repeat many times a day - everything you see in the shop is half the price it says on the ticket. Enjoy!
Here's hoping you all have a happy and prosperous New Year.
2017 should prove to be an interesting year; let's see what effect Brexit and Trump really do have on us. Is it just going to be a case of 'meet the new boss, same as the old boss'? I really hope not, but the cynic in me doesn't hold out much hope. Anywhichway let's forget about that for now and see out this year which really has been an annus mirabilis.
Next Monday 19 December 5pm to 8pm
Santa & his Reindeer are coming to Micklegate in York
Hot Chocolate Station
Sax Musicians (all 15 of them)
Barber Shop Quartet (Quartet & a half - there's 6)
Orchestra with Carol Singers
Candy Cane Hunt
(to go on the tree for your loved ones...)
Late night shopping
Xmas craft workshop
Mulled Wine / Cider Festive Eats
And lots more...
No ticket required & the road will be closed for the safety of your children ....
We are looking forward to seeing you there
.... oh and Granville's will be open too