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Bury St Edmunds retailer thanks customers as she closes shop

Emma Curtis, Judy Young and long term employee Kathy Howes
Emma Curtis, Judy Young and long term employee Kathy Howes

A popular Bury St Edmunds shop owner is looking forward to having more time to enjoy life when she closes at the end of the month.

Judy Young bought Paul Stephens, an independent clothing boutique in The Traverse, nine years ago but has worked there, alongside sales assistant Kathy Howes, for a total of 30 years.

Her daughter Emma Curtis also works there, having started under the previous owners too, and says she hopes to continue working in retail, an area she knows and loves.

Judy, of Tuddenham, said they ‘have always had a laugh’ but now was ‘the perfect time’ to shut up shop.

She said: “We didn’t have long left on our lease so it was just the perfect time.

“I’d like to say thank you so much to all our loyal customers. We’ve made wonderful friends out of a lot of our customers - they’ve been really great and it’s been really lovely.

“We just feel, my husband Steve and I, that we don’t want to work weekends anymore and want to have some quality time travelling and enjoying ourselves.

“It’s not retiring for us because we’re such busy people and we’ve always got lots to do socially, it’s about having time to enjoy things really.”

Their son, Dan, lives in Dubai with his family and they hope to be able to extend their visits there in future, which they have previously limited to three weeks at a time.

“I’ve become very excited - it seems to be just right what we’re doing. We’ll miss the customers but I’m sure we’ll meet up with them,” said Judy.

While staying tight-lipped about plans for the shop building, the grandmother-of-four revealed ‘it’s not going to be an empty shop’.

Paul Stephens is set to close after the bank holiday weekend and is offering its customers discounts of up to 70 per cent until then.


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