The Pure Magik shop has left a message in its window outlining who and what is to blame for the shop’s closure.
Pure Magik shut yesterday (Monday) and will no longer operate out of its St Peter’s Street premises.
A sign in the shopfront reads: “A combination of becoming VAT REG, lower footfall, increase in business tax rates and BREXIT has seen takings cut by 2/3.
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“It’s a sad time for this High Street. Fuck this Tory government.”
The speciality shop is the latest casualty of the commercial troubles facing Canterbury.
But not everyone is pleased with message in Pure Magik’s window.
Dean Garbitt said: “Bit inappropriate for the High Street. And would be interested to know how Brexit has caused this closure?”
And Angela Dupont said: “I can well understand that business rates are a problem for small businesses, but blaming something that hasn’t happened and might not happen is going too far.
“Maybe there’s just not a big enough demand for the types of things being sold in what is clearly a niche market.”
Regardless of the exact reasons for Pure Magik’s closure, it comes in a bad year for city traders with both national chains and independents suffering.
It follows Nasons announcement that it will be closing its doors on September 11 after struggling in what the boss described as a “brutal” trading environment.
Poundworld in the High Street opposite the Beaney has also perished and the city’s Homebase store in Wincheap is also shutting.
Earlier this week it was the turn of Auntie Ammie’s Candy Store to announce it was closing after 33 years in Dover Street under various guises.