In a statement posted on Tudor Williams’ website on March 5, the business said it is “greatly saddened” to announce its intention to close after over 100 years of trading in New Maldon, adding that it will run a £1,000,000 store closing sale from Friday May 17 to Saturday June 29.
Group managing director John Morris said: “Despite the tremendous effort by our New Malden management and staff and the extensive refurbishment, the store has unfortunately not seen the necessary improvement in sales. With ongoing rising costs and the tough retail climate, it is with the greatest of reluctance we have concluded that we are unable to continue trading at the store.
“Neither our Dorking store nor our sister store Elphicks of Farnham, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment, are affected by this decision and will continue to trade as normal.
“We would like to thank all those employees past and present, who made the business what it was. We would also like to extend our warm appreciation to our many customers who have supported us so loyally. To the present group of staff, we extend our heartfelt gratitude.
“The New Malden store, which is located at 53-59 High Street, shall be selling out all stock and any special orders taken will be administered through our Elphicks of Farnham store.
“The Lynch Sales Company – an internationally known sale event specialist, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States, which also has a branch office in Emsworth, Hampshire, United Kingdom – will coordinate the Sale.”