Card shop owner in Bury St Edmunds blames closure on rival

Loraine Gilbert inside Bliss Cards in Bury, which is closing after 25 years.
Loraine Gilbert inside Bliss Cards in Bury, which is closing after 25 years.

A card shop which has been in Bury St Edmunds for 25 years is to close, with the owner saying her custom has been destroyed by a rival business.

Bliss Cards next to the bus station in St Andrews Street North, is to close by the end of next month.

Owner Lorraine Gilbert who took over the business nine years ago, said: “Ever since the Card Factory opened last summer we have lost about 50 per cent of our trade.

“It has effectively driven us out of business.

“It is sad to be closing, I have had the business for nine years but the card shop has actually been here for 25 years.

“I haven’t the foggiest what I am going to do once we have closed.”

The shop has started a sale of its stock and will close at the end of February if not sooner, depending on how quickly that stock is sold.

Lorraine had employed two ladies who each worked onCe day a week while she ran the business on her own for the rest of the time.

“I have had some really lovely loyal customers over the years. But unfortunately I cannot survive of their custom alone.”