Burnley trader shuts up menswear shop after 30 years

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A RENOWNED Burnley trader is calling time on the town centre shop that has been home to his business for 30 years.

Neil Hartley, owner of the eponymous menswear shop, is looking to sell his Standish Street premises and move the long-running business online.

Mr Hartley, who has served the likes of Burnley heroes Jimmy McIlroy and Harry Potts during his 50 years in the family trade, said he was now “looking to the future.”

“I have worked in the centre of Burnley all my working life,” he said. “I have decided to sell off all my stock and run my wedding hire business from home.

“It is just a matter of me having to start looking to the future. My future is selling on the internet and also having my wedding hire business by appointment.”

However, Mr Hartley said the move would not affect his established customers. The long-standing member of Burnley Chamber of Trade is currently looking for a buyer and said it would be an ideal place for a small business to start up.

“It is a perfect Burnley shop for a small family independent business. It has certainly accommodated me over the years. It has been wonderful.”

He also welcomed the Oval shopping development, which is planned close by, saying: “It will be a very good thing for Burnley.

“It will keep potential customers and shoppers in the town.”

He said it would be a sad day when the shutters finally come down on the shop which he and his wife Margaret started in 1982.

“I have had a lot of really loyal customers over the years. I’ve met a lot of footballers and I’ve had a lot of people going to Buckingham Palace in top hat and tails.”