Garden Trappings prepares to close
A LOCAL business owner has been blown away by the response he’s received from local residents and customers after he announced that he is set to close in January.
Julien Carey, owner of Garden Trappings and WOTBA committee member, has run his gardening shop on Canford Lane in Westbury-on-Trym for over 30 years. He moved to the area with his parents in 1974, partly because of the range of shops that were available in the village at that time.
Earlier this year Julien, who turns 75 in January, told the Henleaze and Westbury Voice that he has noticed a definite drop in foot-fall in the village, which he blames on the poor mixture of shops that are available in the village and also parking issues.
Speaking about the closure and the response he’s received, Julien said: “After the shop next door was sold, I realised that my time would soon be up. I had a phone call from my landlord, who told me that I needed to be out by Christmas. However, I told him that I was not prepared to lose my Christmas trade, and so my final day will be January 3.
“I’m appalled at the way I’ve been treated, but as I’m 75 in January it could be a blessing in disguise, although I would have preferred to give up on my own terms.
“Since announcing the closure I’ve had a mind-blowing reaction from customers and residents, I can’t get over it. People have been giving me hugs, people have said what a shame it is, and I’ve even had people who I’ve never met beep their horns at me on the street! It’s been really humbling – the support has been phenomenal.
“If I had been 10 years younger they would have had to get me out kicking and screaming. My original goal was to get to 70, and I’ve failed to get to 75 by a matter of weeks. It really will be the end of an era.
“I’d like to thank all of my customers old and new, as the support I’ve been given is much appreciated.
Whoever takes on the shop will definitely need planning permission, and my customers have told me that there will be objections to this, so watch this space!”
Julien also confirmed that he is not planning to leave Westbury-on-Trym and is considering what he can do next. He added: “After working for all this time, I can’t think of anything worse than having to sit inside all day at home!”