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1995

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About Sofa Workshop

Manufacturer of sofas. The company manufactures sofas and sells them directly in showrooms throughout the United Kingdom.

Sofa Workshop Headquarter Location

Coed Cae Lane Mid Glamorgan

Pontyclun, Wales, CF72 9DX,

United Kingdom

44 1443 238699

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The businesses that closed their doors in Chester this year

Jan 1, 2021

The businesses that closed their doors in Chester this year We take a look back at some of the businesses that have closed in Chester this year The new tier system is set to replace the current lockdown restrictions on Wednesday, November 2 There's no excuse to miss out on What's On in Cheshire! Sign up to our newsletter for all the latest on food, drink and entertainment Subscribe here When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email As 2020 draws painfully to a close, a number of prominent Chester businesses have sadly closed their doors for good. Some high-street chains were struggling with footfall even before the coronavirus pandemic began while others did not emerge intact from the first lockdown. Other businesses were brave enough to open during these uncertain times, only to close just as quickly as they opened. Here we take a look at some of the biggest Chester businesses to close in 2020. The Violet Palm (Image: The Violet Palm) Chester lost one of its independent stores in early October after owners announced they would be closing their doors with a 'heavy heart'. The Violet Palm stocked houseplants, botanics, seasonal flowers and even offered creative workshops. The owners confirmed that it has been 'a necessary step' to close, in the main part to the current climate. The quirky store, which has been described as 'an urban jungle', opened in 2018 after a surge in floristry following The Flower Cup, and the owners wanted more space to showcase unique kinds of plants that were otherwise hard to find. The Plumbers Arms The iconic Newgate Street pub served its last pint in late October. A statement on the pub's Facebook page read: "The Plumbers Arms is now permanently closed. Thank you for all your custom and support over the past 12 years. Much love xxxx." A spokesperson for The Plumbers Arms told CheshireLive that its closure wasn't related to coronavirus. Rather, it has been sold to a neighbouring Apart-hotel development and will be turned into a restaurant. Office Popular footwear chain Office closed its Chester city centre branch in late September. A spokesperson for Office said that the Chester store is now fully closed but hinted that it might not be the end for the shop's presence in the city, although admitted there were no immediate plans to reopen in future. Zatchels Zatchels has opened on Watergate Street (Image: Zatchels) Handbag and leather goods store Zatchels in Chester city centre closed back in January - a matter of weeks after it opened. Zatchels, which specialises in British leather bags, stylish classic satchels and accessories, opened on Watergate Street just two months earlier, in premises that have seen a number or retailers come and go in recent years. The store previously had Tie Rack, Old Guys Rule and university clothing retailer Rupert and Buckley as tenants, all of which were short-lived. According to an email sent to customers in December, the company has ceased trading entirely. Fresh Cosmetics Fresh Cosmetics in Chester has mysteriously closed (Image: S*** Chester) Fresh Cosmetics on Foregate Street opened in late October in double-quick time, after its predecessor Yankee Candle suddenly closed. The Alchemist The Alchemist in Chester Swanky cocktail bar and restaurant The Alchemist did not reopen its doors in Chester city centre after lockdown. A spokesperson for the venue on St John Street, which has several branches across the UK, confirmed that its Chester location has closed permanently. It is still not known what the cocktail bar will be replaced with, after it opened its doors with a £1.1m refurbishment in July 2017, following the closure of Gin Rickey's and Luke's Eating House. Mad Hatters Tea Room Mad Hatters Tea Room on Bridge Street Row (Image: Mad Hatters) Mad Hatters Tea Room on Bridge Street Row, famous for its huge range of cakes and cupcakes, was one of the city's most popular afternoon tea spots and was once featured on ITV's Britain's Best Bakery. In June, owners Kerri Elston and Ann Gardner announced they were 'heartbroken' to reveal that the business will close 'for the foreseeable future'. High city centre bills, the outbreak of Covid 19 and the layout of the building were all reasons they gave for the closure. Mothercare Mothercare Chester is now empty after all 79 UK stores closed Maternity and baby retailer Mothercare stopped being a high street fixture back in January nationwide after 59 years of trading. Chester's Greyhound Retail Park store was one of the 79 stores to close their doors, with 2,500 jobs lost across the country. Docket No.64 Docket No.64 at 64 Northgate Street, Chester. Picture: Jonathan Thompson Photography Independent wine bar and restaurant Docket No.64 opened in Chester in 2018 with an accomplished head chef who has worked with the likes of Gordon Ramsay. It took over the former Ginger Wine Bar and Deli, a premises which once housed coffee shop Harvest Moon. But Docket No.64 suddenly closed earlier this year, with no real explanation - although Cheshire Live did attempt to contact the owners. Lily Vintage The Lily Vintage shop on Bridge Street (Image: Lily Vintage Facebook) Many described the closure of Chester vintage clothing store Lily Vintage back in January, as 'a massive loss to Chester'. Staff at the shop, who handpicked affordable men and women's clothing and accessories from all over the world, wrote on Facebook at the time that they would be closing their Bridge Street store after eight years. This was due to the store coming to the end of its lease, although customers can still purchase its products on sites including Instagram and DePop. Las Iguanas/Cafe Rouge Las Iguanas Chester is closing permanently. wo chain restaurants have closed their doors for good in July after the parent firm went into administration. Café Rouge on Bridge Street and Las Iguanas on Pepper Street were two of the 91 Casual Dining Group restaurants which closed with immediate effect. More than 1,900 of the company's 5,959 jobs were sadly lost. Molton Brown The Molton Brown store in Northgate Street in Chester The luxury bath and body retailer on Northgate Street closed at the start of lockdown in March, and then a sign was later put up in the shop's window saying they had closed. A spokesperson for the company has confirmed that the store would remain closed even after restrictions are lifted because the lease on the premises has expired. Virtual Reality Escapes The Virtual Reality Escapes centre opened in Upper Northgate Street in September 2017, the first of its kind in the city. But owners of the unit on the ground floor of Royal House confirmed that while the lease was due to expire in May, it didn't make sense to renew it in light of the coronavirus situation. Pro Cook Inside ProCook Kitchenware store Pro Cook on Bridge Street, which replaced the Steamer Trading Cookshop in the same premises last September, ceased trading independently of the current situation on the high street due to the pandemic. Staff say the reason for the closure after just six months is that they had not been able to achieve the amount of trade needed to make the business work in Chester. Sofa Workshop The SOfa Workshop, Watergate Street Sofa Workshop on Watergate Street recently put a sign in its window confirming the store had closed, advising customers that their nearest store will be on Manchester’s Deansgate. Reasons for the closure are not currently known but the store has been part of Chester’s high street for decades and was thought to be one of the most haunted buildings in the city. Clintons Clintons in Chester's Grosvenor Shopping Centre Chester's branch of the famous card shop in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre closed for good earlier this year. The greetings card retailer chain was saved from administration by Esquire Retail Limited in December 2019 but after a review following the pandemic, a number of stores across the country have closed their doors permanently. A Clintons spokesperson said that the lease renewal for the Chester store was 'cost prohibitive' and that the nearest Clintons store would now be Broughton Shopping Park. Firejacks Firejacks restaurant in Chester did not reopen following the national lockdown in July. Owners 'The Restaurant Group' are restructuring part of its business through an insolvency procedure known as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). It was confirmed that Firejacks, which was rebranded from a Coast to Coast outlet, will remain permanently closed. Martin McColl's newsagents Martin McColl's newsagents is now closed permanently This longstanding city centre newsagent in Town Hall Square closed on March 31 after shops were ordered to close as the UK went into lockdown. It had already been due to close at the end of July, so the closure was simply brought forwardf. The shop's interior had already been stripped out ahead of lockdown restrictions being lifted, with fixtures and fittings removed. Although not always operated by McColl's, a newsagent has occupied this particular unit for may years. Frankie & Benny's Booths and tables have been taken out of Frankie & Benny's For more than 20 years, Frankie & Benny's at Greyhound Retail Park was one of the most successful restaurant chains in the area. However, a question mark hung over the family-friendly chain even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, amid a backdrop of weaker consumer spending. Its owners 'The Restaurant Group' told employees that a number of its sites were 'no longer viable to trade and will remain closed permanently'. In June, the Chester restaurant was completely stripped bare - which we later discovered was to make way for new Italian furniture store Natuzzi. Laura Ashley Laura Ashley in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre Stricken retailer Laura Ashley ceased trading at its branch on St Michael's Row after the company collapsed in March, closing all of its stores. Although the brand will still be available online after being purchased by an American company, staff who have spent many years working at the Chester branch were devastated to leave and reminisced about working in the store which was a mainstay in Chester for more than 50 years. The Coffee Mill The Coffee Mill on Bridge Street in Chester The Coffee Mill, one of Bridge Street's most popular eateries over many years, was known for its traditional English fare and was always a hit with tourists visiting the city. The business did not reopen after lockdown. Owner Debbie Burns revealed why the 'incredibly difficult decision' had to be made to close permanently, citing a number of contributing factors, including Covid-19 safety measures, relocation of the bus station and the rising cost of parking. Pizza Hut Pizza Hut (Image: Andrew Matthews/PA) Pizza Hut at Chester Retail Park closed it's doors at the very beginning of December this year. The popular pizza restaurant was closed shortly after the site was given the green light on a planning application to build a 'drive thru.' It's not currently known who is set to take over the unit. CheshireLive Most Recent Most Recent

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