Nixie Plonks to close after 24 years

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Nixie Plonks to close in September'PA1132-3

ONE of Bridlington’s most well-known shops is set to shut in September with the loss of eight jobs.

Nixie Plonks, the gift and fancy goods store on Queen Street, will close after more than 24 years of business in the town.

The store is the latest in Bridlington to announce its closure, only a week after the McDonalds restaurant on Prince Street - just a few hundred yards down from Nixie Plonks - said it would shut up shop in September.

Anne Dunn, joint owner of Nixie Plonks with her husband Geoff, said that closing the popular store was a “difficult decision”.

“We have had to look at the trading conditions in the town, and it is on the decline unfortunately,” she said.

“The shop has been open for nearly twenty five years, so it was a really difficult decision and we had to think long and hard about it.

“There will be nothing left in the town, things are just going down and down. The streets used to be full in the summer, you couldn’t move out on the pavement, and more people came into the shop.”

Eight staff are set to lose their jobs at the shop when it closes.

Anne continued: “It is such a sad event. I’ve got such a great team of staff here working for me, some have been here for a long time.

“We still have people who come on holiday to Bridlington and bring their children in to the shop and say, ‘this was my favourite place to visit when I came here as a kid’. We have had a good following of local people and tourists, but there just isn’t the money around anymore.

“With the economy the way it is, and the price of petrol, people just don’t visit the seaside as much.”

Anne opened the Nixie Plonks shop on Queen Street in March 1987, but has been trading in the town for more than 28 years.

Meanwhile, rumours circulating around the town that the Superdrug store on King Street is also set to close have been quashed.

A spokesperson for Superdrug told the Free Press that there “have been no plans at all” to close the store.