Maldon grocer is 'sad' to shut shop after just a year

Mustafa Durmus inside the Maldon Express shop

Mustafa Durmus inside the Maldon Express shop

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A Maldon grocer is shutting up shop after just a year amid concerns supermarkets will cripple his business.

Mustafa Durmus, who runs the Maldon Express convenience store in the High Street, will not renew his lease in June after seven months of trading have proved less than successful.

The 50-year-old, who runs the shop with his wife Nurcan, 47, and daughter Monique, fears that if Morrisons moves into the former post office just doors away he will lose all his trade.

He said: “We saw the letter about Morrisons on the front of the post office so we are going to shut down at the end of March because we can’t pay the rent.

“Business is really dead and quiet, we can’t pay the rent and rates already because business isn’t good enough.

“We really can’t stay here if Morrisons moves in just down the road."

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12:53pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Regbluebottle says...

It's never a good thing to see a shop close but it was simply the wrong sort in the wrong place.

Most of the trade it would attract would have been in the evening but with very little passing trade after 6pm and without being able to stop and park outside in this narrow part of the High Street it wasn't going to work out.
It's never a good thing to see a shop close but it was simply the wrong sort in the wrong place. Most of the trade it would attract would have been in the evening but with very little passing trade after 6pm and without being able to stop and park outside in this narrow part of the High Street it wasn't going to work out. Regbluebottle
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2:50pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Wrong place, wrong time...
Wrong place, wrong time... Jack222
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12:14pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Latchingdon says...

Just as well Maldon council have allowed a Tesco Express to go in!! Obviously this won't effect the high street - yeah rught! Why MDC also increase parking fees for the high street - oh hang on... they have done that as well!!
Just as well Maldon council have allowed a Tesco Express to go in!! Obviously this won't effect the high street - yeah rught! Why MDC also increase parking fees for the high street - oh hang on... they have done that as well!! Latchingdon
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