Award-winning Marks Tey food store set to shut its doors next month

The Food Company in Marks Tey, near Colchester.

The Food Company in Marks Tey, near Colchester. - Credit: Archant

A popular food store in Marks Tey is set for closure after almost two decades in business.

The Food Company, in London Road, first opened in 2000, but, due to changes in the market, will shut its doors next month.

The shop was set up to cater for the disappearance of independent butchers, fishmongers and bakers from the area’s high streets and calls itself “a food lover’s haven”.

A message to customers on its website reads: “It is with much sadness and regret that The Food Company has decided to call time on the premium food and gifts store, and restaurant in Marks Tey.

“After nearly 17 years of trading, the business will be closing its doors at the end of trading on Friday, July 14.

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“We would like to thank everyone who has shopped and dined at The Food Company over the years, your loyal support has been very much appreciated.”

The store put its decision down to changes in the market and competition from other retailers in the area.

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The statement added: “Sadly, the food retail market has changed significantly over the past two decades and the business can no longer compete with the challenges posed by other retailers in the area.

“A closing down sale has started, please do come in and bid us farewell, we’ve made some great memories and some very good friends and are very sad to be closing.”

As well as its own butchers, fishmongers, pantry, meat stall, and bakery, the shop also sells ranges of confectionery, cheese, and a selection of luxury wines.

The site also has a restaurant area, chef’s counter, and greengrocery, and offers catering services.

Identifying a need for more than food, the store even offers homeware goods including designer furniture, with labels “difficult if not impossible to get without travelling into central London,” it says.

The company has been contacted for more information, but it is not known what will happen to the 61 people who currently work across its 12 departments.

The store has also picked up plenty of praise over the years, winning Essex Life Fine Food and Drink award for Retailer of the Year in 2011.

The store also took home The Great Taste Shop of the Year accolade in 2013.

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