After 140 years, iconic shop closes up for the final time

Halifax’s high street will lose one of its most familiar faces next month after more than 140 years.

Neaversons will close by the end of June.

When current owners Charles Ratcliffe and Doll Sunderland took over the shop 30 years ago, it specialised in tableware and giftware. But changing tastes meant in recent years it had expanded to sell collectables.

Mr Ratcliffe said poor trading over Christmas had sealed the shop’s fate in a tough economic climate.

“We haven’t been trading well for a year or two but Christmas usually saves us. This year it just didn’t,” he said. Other factors which they say sealed their fate included the monthly farmers market causing a downturn in trade and a lack of town centre parking turning shoppers towards out-of-town shopping centres.

The lease for the building on Russell Street, also need renewing for another five years.

“I admire anybody that keeps going through it all. It’s a dying trade but the local problems haven’t helped at all.

“We’ve had customers in tears and the girls have put their heart and soul into it, that’s the hardest part,” said Mr Ratcliffe.

From today he will accept offers on all the store’s goods, including Emma Bridgewater, Port Meirion and Spode. “Our customers have just been great,” he said.