A popular café is closing its doors for good this month due to a decline in local footfall and a change to its business model.
Cinnamon Square, in Church Street, has been a family run business for more than 13 years.
Husband and wife team, Paul and Tricia Barker, have issued a statement on their website telling customers they are closing the café but are still committed to their bakery business.
They said: “When we established Cinnamon Square, our focus was to teach adults and children to bake and offer some wonderful baked goods for the local community to enjoy. This has always been our passion and we believe this is our real point of differentiation.
“We are now at the stage that significant decisions must be made regarding how we take Cinnamon Square forward. Not only from a business perspective, but we need to consider how the demands impact on us personally in the future.
“Our High Street has seen a decline in footfall since the introduction of parking charges and this, along with many other well documented economic factors, makes for difficult trading conditions.
“However, this does not affect our commitment to running a local business.”
This ongoing commitment will include continuing to offer adult baking classes, children’s birthday parties and workshops, a bakery shop for take away items (Fridays and Saturdays), celebration cakes, corporate events and product development.
Cinnamon Square will be closed from 5th January 2019 for refurbishments and its new look will re-open on Friday 18th January.
The Barkers added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their on-going support over the years.”