As work continues behind the scenes to help Banbury’s town centre prosper, one business said farewell to its customers last Friday as it closed its doors for the final time.
Fay Bryan of Kt-Lu’s has been based in Parsons Street in the Old Town area of Banbury for seven years, and called time on her business to spend more time with her family. Despite being sad at closing the shop, which sold a range of women’s fashion accessories, she said she can look back on her time in the town centre with fond memories.
She said: “I have absolutely loved my time in Banbury and some of the customers I served have become really close friends. I just felt the time was right to start something new and wanted to have some time to myself and my husband.
“The support of people and businesses in the Old Town was fantastic and I will miss everyone.”
Mrs Bryan developed the concept of her business after accompanying her daughter Lucy to a fashion event. After naming the business after Lucy and her other daughter Katie, she set up shop in Parsons Street. She was also a member and former treasurer of the Old Town Association, which comprised independent business owners based in Parsons Street, Church Walk and White Lion Walk.
She said: “It was all really exciting for me as I had never done anything before; my parents used to have a shop at the top of Parsons Street 27 years ago! I have met some lovely people.” Mrs Bryan added that work to keep the town centre viable must keep going,and said free parking would add more spending power to those people who come to visit Banbury from further afield.
She said: “It is important that the town centre doesn’t die. I think we need to be on a level playing field and need to have free parking.
“If you don’t have to pay it gives customers extra spending power. I think it will be difficult in the town centre for next 12 months.”