Kirkby's ceases trading

Published:  03 August, 2009

ULVERSTON: Kirkby's, a family-run home improvement store and builders' merchant, ceased trading on Friday despite a brief respite last week when the store re-opened on a day-to-day basis.

The business went into administration on Monday last week and the 12 staff at Kirkby's have been made redundant.

Kirkby's closed its bathroom accessories and lighting shop, Aqua Accessories in Market Street, Ulverston earlier in the year.

Other Cumbria-based merchants confirm that trading conditions are extremely difficult. Paul Raby, manager of Grange Supplies, said conditions are "as bad as it's got" in his 25 years in the industry. He said: "It's a very fine balancing act between having the stock on the floor for your customers and getting back your debts."

William Watson, managing director of Coniston Building Supplies, said: "I work as a building contractor and as building merchant, so I get both sides of the story.

"The contractors are not getting the business so they are not buying the materials. We are experiencing a seasonal dip, but in general the trade is depressed."

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