Deputy mayor's community gaming events and business forced to close in Swaffham
Swaffham deputy’s mayor has spoken of his sadness as his “hobby turned into a job” business will close down after eight years.
Keith Sandle and his wife Sandra’s Henchmans business, which specialises in trading card games and board games, will cease trading on Friday, February 14.
Mr Sandle said it has been difficult to compete with the online industry.
“Retail has been struggling recently and we are on the cliff-edge. It’s just the sign of the times,” Mr Sandle said.
A closing down sale with 40 per cent off products is currently taking place in the store which has held evening card games which ran until 11pm.
The events, which include Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh!, have taken place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and at weekends.
Mr Sandle said it has not just been a business, but a “good social community” in the town as well, with people travelling from within a 20-mile radius to attend.
“It’s been quite overwhelming that we have had so much support. People are wondering where they will go,” Mr Sandle continued.
“It’s been everything for us [Mr Sandle and his wife]. It is essentially a hobby which turned into a job.”
The shop has been operating 48 hours a week and Mr Sandle said the couple have started considering future ventures. But he said he was not sure exactly what that will be at this stage. Mr Sandle is an Independent town councillor who was elected deputy mayor in May.