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Cabana in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds going online-only after owner Jackie Over noted drop in footfall

Bury St Edmunds town centre has been dealt a double blow after two businesses announced their imminent closures.

The Bury Free Press reported last week that Paddy & Scott's Café would be bidding farewell to its Abbeygate Street store.

And lingerie and swimwear store Cabana, in Hatter Street, is also due to shut its doors after 13 years and move all business online after owner Jackie Over noted a drop in footfall.

Jackie Over outside Cabana (14514790)
Jackie Over outside Cabana (14514790)

“There are just not enough customers coming in the shop and we are competing with online all the time,” said the 57 year old.

“I’m sad about it and I shall miss all the customers but it’s about being realistic. People just aren’t spending the money and coming in to the shop so it’s a waste of my time being here when I could be working on other things.”

But Jackie has big plans for the online world, including a new venture selling bras and swimwear to women who have undergone a mastectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment.

“I keep getting asked by people if I do it and I realised there’s a real need for it in this area,” she said.

“I’d like to give back something and it feels right to do it. You can’t get these bras easily in this area so I’m going to be doing a whole new website for that separately.”

She added that she would eventually like to work with clinics and hospitals to provide women with the pieces.

A general sale is now being held in the store until the end of this month, when the shop will shut for good.

“I know it’s the way forward and I’m looking forward to it,” said Jackie, who lives is Tostock.

“It’s exciting to be going forward and keeping up with trends.”

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