Lowestoft Coes to close after 50 years

Coes, the well-known Suffolk family clothing retailer, has revealed it will close its Lowestoft outlet after 50 years.

Director Peter Hubka confirmed there would be a closing-down sale, starting on April 5 for stock in the Bevan Street East shop, together with items arriving from other stores and the warehouse.

Mr Hubka said trading conditions had been challenging in Lowestoft in recent years, particularly because of numerous emergency roadworks, including long road closures in the build-up to the key Christmas trading period.

He told the EADT: “There is no question in my mind that external factors are not helping most businesses today, but it seems that Lowestoft has more infrastructure problems than most. Every time we build trade back up, a new utility works comes along and affects trade.

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“The current number of shops closing in Lowestoft I believe confirms this.”

Waveney MP Peter Aldous said it was a “massive blow” to Lowestoft high street and comes soon after Claire’s and The Body Shop closed, and the Beales department store revealed it was following suit.

Coes Ipswich

Coes opened in Lowestoft in 1969. It began in 1929 and grew from its original Coes Ipswich base to other branches in Felixstowe and Maldon, together with associated shops and an online shopping presence.

There is no suggestion of any other closures within the business.