‘We have mortgages, bills to pay and families to feed’ - Rendlesham left without shop as store closes suddenly

Take a look at our top stories of the week Picture: EMMA LLOYD-SMITH

Take a look at our top stories of the week Picture: EMMA LLOYD-SMITH - Credit: Archant

A community has been left without a shop, post office or cash machine after their village store closed suddenly.

The store had a post office and the village's only cash machine Picture: LOUISE HOPES

The store had a post office and the village's only cash machine Picture: LOUISE HOPES - Credit: Archant

The convenience store in Woodland Avenue, Rendlesham shut without warning on Thursday, October 11, leaving villagers without access to a store and workers without a job.

• See more here

Meanwhile, workers have been left in the dark over their jobs.

Louise Hopes worked at the store, which was formally run as a Costcutter, for almost 10 years.

The Rendlesham village store which unexpectedly closed Picture: LOUISE HOPES

The Rendlesham village store which unexpectedly closed Picture: LOUISE HOPES - Credit: Archant

She said: “We have mortgages, bills to pay and families to feed, this happening before Christmas is pretty disastrous really.


You may also want to watch:


“We’ve been completely kept in the dark, we just saw the shop had closed and that was it.”

Emma Lloyd-Smith worked at the shop for two years and she said: “It’s hard – I don’t know legally where we stand.

Most Read

“Thankfully my husband has a full-time job but I need to get one as quickly as possible to get Christmas presents for the kids.”

The Rendlesham store was previously run as a Costcutter but, according to the company’s main office, it left the company label back in June, 2018 and the Costcutter sign was removed from the shop.

In the past week, the community has rallied together with the Broadwalk cafe in the village now selling bread and milk to help those who relied on the shop.

Mrs Lloyd-Smith said: “Everyone is so thankful to the community for what they are doing.”

The store owner was unavailable for comment.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter