Independent high street store closing after 10 years

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Loyal customers queued at the door last Sunday, after an independent high street store announced the start of its closing down sale.

Buckingham’s art supplies store, Canvas, on Market Hill, will close its doors for the last time on Sunday, July 6, after 10 years in business.

It is set to be replaced by an RSPCA charity shop.

Canvas owner Tryph Foster, aged 41, invited her database of customers to a sale preview on Sunday, and the official closing down sale began this week.

Buckingham resident Mrs Foster said: “We had a great turnout on Sunday and I’d like to thank people for their lovely wishes and comments.”

Mrs Foster, who set up the business with her sales engineer husband Mike, said: “We’ve done a lot, we’re part of the art community. We started an art school and we were instrumental in getting BAFA off the ground, and that’s something we’re really proud of.”

Mrs Foster, who has two children aged eight and six, said the shop has given them a reasonable living.

She said: “I think we’ve been quite lucky in Buckingham in terms of surviving over the recession. However, over the last two years, business has been a bit slower than in previous years. I think that helped make our decision.

“After 10 years, our lease was coming to an end and we felt it’s time to concentrate our energies on our young family.

“We’re really grateful for the support we’ve been given, without which we wouldn’t have lasted the 10 years.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it but it’s not unusual for me to work 12 or 13-hour days.

“Not to come in every day will be sad but on the other hand I’ll be enjoying all this extra free time and I’m looking forward to spending the summer at home with the kids.”