Toy shop joins list of closed stores

Gizmos has closed

Gizmos has closed

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A POPULAR Canvey children’s toy store has closed down.

Gizmos, in Furtherwick Road, shut unexpectedly and joins a number of other boarded up stores on the street.

Staff at neighbouring stores said they believed the owners of the toy shop had been finding it difficult to cope with rising rates and a lack of trade.

Quirk Deacon estate agent, which neighboured Gizmos until recently, has relocated, while several other shops have been left empty.

The Echo reported on Wednesday and Thursday last week how a number of traders were finding it increasingly difficult to support their businesses.

Stores, including Discount Pet Superstores and Happy Days, said the amount of passing trade had dropped in the High Street since parking charges were introduced by Castle Point Council at the start of the month.

Shoppers who had used Oak Road car park are now charged 40p an hour and cannot stay for longer than three hours.

Canvey county councillor Ray Howard said he was sorry to hear the news.

He said: “In all my years of public service I have always been a great campaigner for jobs and it saddens me to hear of another closure.

“Obviously I will look into it and if there is any way I can help, I would be more than happy to.

“Being a toy store, I suppose if they had a bad Christmas, this wouldn’t set them up well for the year ahead. It is a real shame.”

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10:58am Tue 11 Mar 14

pendulum says...

It's not just the paying for parking that puts people off, it's having to waste a few minutes using the machine each time you park and then worry about getting back in time, the convenience factor is lost, parking charges cost business.
It's not just the paying for parking that puts people off, it's having to waste a few minutes using the machine each time you park and then worry about getting back in time, the convenience factor is lost, parking charges cost business. pendulum
  • Score: 16

11:24am Tue 11 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Councils can't see past the revenue they think they're going to rake in when introducing car parking charges to the detriment of local retailers sadly.
Councils can't see past the revenue they think they're going to rake in when introducing car parking charges to the detriment of local retailers sadly. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 14

11:28am Tue 11 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Councils can't see past the revenue they think they're going to rake in when introducing car parking charges to the detriment of local retailers sadly.
Bottom line is councils don't care, about the knock on effects of high parking fees, they always increase them, never decrease them, yet still want the high business rates, from the shop keepers.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Councils can't see past the revenue they think they're going to rake in when introducing car parking charges to the detriment of local retailers sadly.[/p][/quote]Bottom line is councils don't care, about the knock on effects of high parking fees, they always increase them, never decrease them, yet still want the high business rates, from the shop keepers. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 16

4:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Business rates soon to be abolished!
Business rates soon to be abolished! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

8:50am Wed 12 Mar 14

2sharon10 says...

To keep the shop open we had to turn over £18,000 just for rates that is not profit, then theres rent to be paid a other bills.We contacted the council on several occassion regarding the rates and no help what so ever other than told if we didnt pay bailiffs would be sent in.We also contacted your local MP who said she couldnt help.
And people making unjust comments about the shop didnt help matters.
we worked hard to keep that shop open and will spend the next few years paying off the debts we got from keeping the shop open. At least we tried and didnt sit on our backsides and sign on
To keep the shop open we had to turn over £18,000 just for rates that is not profit, then theres rent to be paid a other bills.We contacted the council on several occassion regarding the rates and no help what so ever other than told if we didnt pay bailiffs would be sent in.We also contacted your local MP who said she couldnt help. And people making unjust comments about the shop didnt help matters. we worked hard to keep that shop open and will spend the next few years paying off the debts we got from keeping the shop open. At least we tried and didnt sit on our backsides and sign on 2sharon10
  • Score: 18

5:33pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Dan-Hockley says...

With so many online retailers around who can effectively operate from a laptop and a double garage/small storage unit the whole concept of business rates for retail premises does need to be looked at.
Property owners rightly want an income from their investment but with more shops closing or going completely online, then they'll end up with no tenants for their shops which has a multitude of knock-on effects.
I think that charging for parking is ludicrous and short sighted - councils need to be aware that small parades of shops are just as important as the "enterprise zones" that seem to be all the vogue at the moment.
Shops that are struggling do need to look at other sales channels - be it eBay, Amazon or dedicated websites. Consumers are a few clicks away from being able to spend and retail outlets do need to evolve along with this.
With so many online retailers around who can effectively operate from a laptop and a double garage/small storage unit the whole concept of business rates for retail premises does need to be looked at. Property owners rightly want an income from their investment but with more shops closing or going completely online, then they'll end up with no tenants for their shops which has a multitude of knock-on effects. I think that charging for parking is ludicrous and short sighted - councils need to be aware that small parades of shops are just as important as the "enterprise zones" that seem to be all the vogue at the moment. Shops that are struggling do need to look at other sales channels - be it eBay, Amazon or dedicated websites. Consumers are a few clicks away from being able to spend and retail outlets do need to evolve along with this. Dan-Hockley
  • Score: 1

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