Lengthy-running classic clothes retailer Funky Monks in Canterbury to shut

By James Pallant

A classic clothes retailer is about to shut after 26 years on the excessive avenue.

Funky Monks in St Peter’s Lane, Canterbury, opened its doorways in 1996 and has lengthy proved well-liked with metropolis centre customers.

Funky Monks in Canterbury is closing after 26 years
Funky Monks in Canterbury is closing after 26 years

Proprietor Peter Chittenden says he would favor to remain put however resulting from circumstances past his management the boutique will shut early subsequent month.

“Now we have survived by the powerful instances, the pandemic, price of residing disaster, on-line gross sales, however now we’re closing as a result of our landlord is promoting the constructing and there’s nowhere appropriate for us on the excessive avenue,” stated the 57-year-old.

“The owner has been making an attempt to maintain us right here however the people who find themselves taking it on need the entire constructing, which is listed beneath one handle. Whoever goes to be taking it on has to take the entire constructing, which is simply going to be a restaurant, as typical.”

True to its title, Funky Monks sells a unusual number of new and used garments.

Funky Monks owner Peter Chittenden with his sister Kelly Lopez outside the shop. Picture: Trudi Chittenden
Funky Monks proprietor Peter Chittenden together with his sister Kelly Lopez exterior the store. Image: Trudi Chittenden

Mr Chittenden, who lives in Herne Bay, says he has been instructed a restaurant will open as a substitute – leaving the shop the most recent impartial retailer to get replaced by an eatery.

He isn’t certain if the store could have a closing-down sale, however says he’s grateful for all of the individuals who have supported them over time.

“I don’t actually really feel like having a leaving occasion, however issues are advantageous, we’re simply transferring on, instances are altering,” he added.

Funky Monks made the announcement on Fb, prompting dozens of feedback from clients expressing their gratitude to the shop and disappointment on the information of its closing.

“Thanks for serving Canterbury with the most effective garments! I nonetheless have my cowboy boots which I purchased from you 15 years in the past and so they’re nonetheless going sturdy,” stated one consumer. “Finish of an period for Canterbury however little question Funky Monks will thrive on,” stated one other.

“Who is aware of what the long run holds?”

Following the shop’s closure, Mr Chittenden and his sister Kelly, who additionally runs the enterprise, will deal with their different department of Funky Monks in Briggsys Emporium in Herne Bay, in addition to promoting garments on-line and at city markets.

“We’ve acquired a pitch at Deal City Classic Market on Saturdays and we’re doing OK there,” he stated.

“Who is aware of what the long run holds?”

Clients can discover Funky Monks on Depop @funkymonksvintage and on eBay beneath funkymonksretro.

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