Cambridge independent toy retailer When I Was a Kid is to close its doors just two years after opening on the city’s High Street.
The toy shop’s owner Paul Warner has cited the evolution of Cambridge’s high street shopping as the reason behind the closure.
“Our magical toy shop can no longer survive in the city that Cambridge has become,” he told Cambridge News.
“It really is a sad day, not just for us but for Cambridge too if a shop like ours can’t survive.”
Warner – who owns another When I Was a Kid store based in Wellingborough – has penned an open letter to the people of Cambridge, thanking customers for their support.
“We know residents and visitors loved the shop, they told us so,” he said. “But, it isn’t enough to walk in, say ‘what a wonderful shop’ and leave. If people walk in, photograph products then leave to go buy it online a tiny bit cheaper, that doesn’t help us or any other independent shop to survive.
“As much as we loved being part of this wonderful street, we needed to pay the bills and to cover the very high rent and rates. So, we have made the tough but necessary decision to close this magical toy shop.
“People say that independent businesses are important to them, so please, if you want them to stay and be here to provide you with unique, quirky, special products and personal service with a warm welcome, you need to support them. Not just in lip service, but by physically buying from them.”