Taking to social media, Eileen Jenkins Florist confirmed that they are set to close their Abertillery boutique later this summer.
It has been confirmed that the last day of trading for the Church Street store will be August 27.
As they are set to continue operating from their Newbridge store on Victoria Terrace, it marks the end of an era, with the florist having been in place at Abertillery for “almost 25 years”.
Explaining the reason for the store’s closure, a company representative slammed the city, saying, “Unfortunately, our city, due to a number of factors, is no longer a thriving city with good physical footfall. .”
Continuing, they said, “I can’t justify paying high-end rent, rates, ever-escalating energy costs, and other overheads just to have a presence in front of the store.”
They also cited the lack of remaining banks in the city as a reason buyers may avoid Abertillery for other destinations.
Finally, they thanked their customers for supporting them over the years and highlighted that in addition to the Newbridge store, arrangements are still in place for telephone orders.
Closing statement in full
A spokesperson for Eileen Jenkins Florist said: “Unfortunately, it is time for me to announce that my Abertillery store will be closing on August 27, 2022.
“It’s a very sad time for me because we’ve been in the city for almost 25 years. Unfortunately, our city, due to a number of factors, is no longer a thriving city with good physical attendance. With that in mind, I can’t justify paying high-end rent, tariffs, ever-escalating energy costs, and other overheads to just have a front-store presence.
“Most of our orders now due to good old covid are phone and website orders – covid has changed the way we shop and continue to shop. There are no banks now in our city and it really affects where people shop.
“Having said that, I will be visiting my store in Newbridge where you can still order deliveries to Abertillery and surrounding areas on 01495 247273.
“It’s not a decision I took lightly, but I think we’re all going to have a tough few years.
“We have worked hard as a family to start the business and keep it running, I love my Abertillery shop and its customers and I hope you will follow me to Newbridge.
“We are fully qualified florists and members of the Good Florist’s Guide for seven years, which is not an easy task to sell. Floristry has been in the family for 40 years now, so we certainly know our stuff.
“I hope you will continue to support us at our store in Newbridge and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have given us from the start until now.
“Here is also our website if you want to order instead www.eileenjenkinsflorists.co.uk.”