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Article & photos by Paul Wright, 2024
Closures 2024

Mid February, 2024, and the local newspaper, the Northants Evening Telegraph published its annual look at the state of play in Rushden High Street. No doubt many people will have their own particular feelings about its findings?

But the figures are telling us that, Hair & Beauty notch up 12.1 %, 6 % are vacant; this was down from 12.4 % in 2023.

Cafe & Restaurant are on 8.7 %, the same for Mixed Retail at 8.7 %, Fast foods and Takeaway slightly less at 8.1 %.

Other lower figures make up the survey, but it is hoped that some better times could be seen in the future?

Crystelle Belle

counter display
Counter.
Display units

In the High street, the owners of Crystelle Belle said they were 'sad' to announce that their shop would cease trading in the coming weeks.

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More of the display units and the shop window.

The jewellery company announced its closure on social media on February 1st, 2024, and was offering a discount 50 per cent off sale.

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Sale notices.

Everything must go by the end of the month, and cash was the preferred method of payment.

Numerous former customers had expressed their sadness about it online.

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Everything must go.
High Street, looking North.

Their tenure was just short of five years, and it was their background in the wedding industry, specifically hair and make-up, that they wanted to include in that side of the business alongside the jewellery shop.

But sadly, due to the Covid lockdown this was a very difficult period, as weddings were pretty much cancelled.

It was then decided to concentrate on jewellery repairs and gifts.

February 24th, 2024 was the last day of trading on the High Street in Rushden.

'Omnia' had traded from the same High Street position, which was 117 High Street, Rushden, England, NN10 0NZ.

More Closures:

Evidently Hopmaster pub has not survived, and has now closed in Rushden, they had traded for a few years, in what was the former Post Office in College Street, and down at Rushden Lakes.

Also leaving the High Street is the card shop Occasions.

Three businesses in Washbrook Road have also closed recently.


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