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Kidderminster fashion store to close after 81 years
7:10am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Local
AN independent fashion store in Kidderminster is closing after 81 years in the town.
Intouch, in Coventry Street, is closing its doors as its owners, brothers Terry and Maurice Cohen, plan to retire at the end of the year.
Terry Cohen, 67, said: “It’s obviously a sad time for us. We just feel as though it’s come to the right moment in our lives.”
The store opened in Blackwell Street under the name Fosbrooks in 1932. It moved to a temporary shop in Oxford Street in 1960 while the ring road was being built before the Cohen family bought the Bell Hotel in Coventry Street in 1969 and re-built a new store with a restaurant and hairdressers.
Both Cohen brothers left school at 16 to help work in the family store.
Terry added: “We seem to have built it up into quite a smart shop compared to when we first started. We used to sell everything including household items and fabrics.”
He said trading in the town centre had changed dramatically since Intouch first opened.
He added: “The centre of Kidderminster used to be in the High Street but the council seem to have allowed out of town shopping to take over.
“It’s left a big hole in the centre. We’ve seen better times than at the moment.
“It is a sad day for us and Kidderminster. We wish to thank all our loyal customers for their support over the years.”
Intouch will be closing its doors on December 31.
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