Antiques centre closing


Having published the announcement by owner Chris Viner in Rye News that “Soldiers of Rye” was closing down after trading for 30 years in the High Street, we are now sad to announce that Quay Antiques at 6-7 The Strand is also shutting up shop.

The building is home to a collective of traders selling not just antiques, but also ‘collectables, memorabilia and much more’, but the businesses within are either having to relocate elsewhere or close.

The decision to close is not because of the strange and difficult times we are all experiencing as, despite all that’s going on around us, Quay Antiques is still flourishing, but the building’s owners are considering alternative uses for the building, and the shop will therefore be closing this coming Sunday, October 18.

I met Norman Spratt there (in the photograph above) who is sad to be leaving as he has been trading successfully there for over 23 years but, with a philosophical view and whilst retaining a positive outlook for the future, he is hoping to relocate to new premises close by.

Times they are a changing make no mistake. Change is inevitable and nothing lasts forever. 2020 for many people has been a year to forget, a total write off – but, hopefully, 2021 will see fortunes reversed. Let’s hope so.

Image Credits: Nick Forman .

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