It’s turning into more and more troublesome for store homeowners to maintain their heads above the water, with the rise of web procuring displaying no indicators of slowing down.

Bristol has misplaced some highly regarded retailers this yr, each nationwide chains and independents, and the most recent to shut has sparked widespread disappointment within the Patchway commununity.

Flingers Social gathering Store opened in 1990 on Gloucester Street and was vastly well-liked with party-goers of all ages, stocking loads of enjoyable equipment and props, in addition to costumes for stag and hen dos.

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However yesterday the family-run enterprise closed for good, placing individuals out of their jobs simply earlier than Christmas and sparking an enormous outcry of assist from the neighborhood.

Clients who visited the store over the course of its lengthy historical past have taken to Fb to share their devastation.

One individual wrote: “It’s an actual disgrace Flingers has been round a very long time and it means one other empty store and few individuals out of labor proper on a Christmas time.”

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One other individual wrote “Not one other native enterprise gone. That is so dangerous! So many companies across the nation gone into liquidation,” whereas one other well-wisher stated “So sorry to listen to that, was a terrific store, hope all workers discover new jobs”.

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The proprietor of Imaginations Nice Arts, only a brief stroll from Flingers, wrote to say that the store’s workers instructed him that they discovered in regards to the closure by way of a chunk of paper put via the door, which he described as “very unhappy”.

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A number of individuals commented that the alarm bells began ringing some months in the past when there was notably much less inventory within the retailer than typical, indicating that the top may need been in sight.

A spokesperson for Flingers confirmed to Bristol Reside that the store has closed however didn’t wish to remark additional.

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