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Fakenham’s The Original Factory Shop set to close its doors in two weeks





A town’s discount store is set to close its doors later this month, it has been announced.

A notice has recently appeared outside The Original Factory Shop’s Fakenham branch alerting residents that it will close on Sunday, February 18.

It has played a memorable role in the town’s history since the store was destroyed in a fire in 2014 and reopened again in 2018.

The store will be closed from February 18. Picture: Evelina Bliudnikaite
The store will be closed from February 18. Picture: Evelina Bliudnikaite

A spokesperson for The Original Factory Shop said: “We regularly review the stores across our estate and unfortunately have taken the decision to close our Fakenham store.

“We are consulting with colleagues at the store and are working hard to support all of those affected.

“We’d like to thank all our customers for their support and look forward to welcoming them at any of our other four stores, which are all located within 20 miles.”

The nearest stores to the town will be in Snettisham, Dereham and Cromer.

As the shop is home to the Info Hub for Active Fakenham, which organises events and activities for the community, many have been left to wonder what this means for the group.

Richard Crook, chairperson of the group, said: “This is very sad news. It is particularly difficult for the wonderful staff team that we have worked with for some time now to provide tourists and residents with information through the Fakenham Info Hub.

Fakenham’s closest stores will be in Snettisham, Dereham and Cromer. Picture: Evelina Bliudnikaite
Fakenham’s closest stores will be in Snettisham, Dereham and Cromer. Picture: Evelina Bliudnikaite

“The Info Hub was a partnership between Active Fakenham and The Original Factory Shop which gave us some space and support for no cost – it will be a loss to the town.

“We are again looking for a new venue for the Fakenham Info Hub, the partnership benefits both parties, the town and the venue.

“I can only wish the staff well.”



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