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Fakenham's Rainbow Deli is being forced to close due to health issues coupled with poor trade





A Fakenham deli which opened just six months ago is being forced to close due to health problems coupled with poor trade.

The Rainbow Deli in Upper Market Street was opened in September by husband and wife team Alan and Naomi Katze, who have urged people to back local businesses or face losing them.

In a Facebook post, the couple say that due to Mr Katze's health issues together with trading problems they have no option but to make the tough choice. They have also urged people to back local businesses with a 'use or lose it' message.

Flashback to September 2019 when the Rainbow Deli Norfolk, was officially opened by Fakenham Mayor Gilly Foortse. Pictured from left are Annie Vanstone, Nikita Morris, Alan Katze, Fakenham Mayor Gilly Foortse and Naomi Katze. (16962050)
Flashback to September 2019 when the Rainbow Deli Norfolk, was officially opened by Fakenham Mayor Gilly Foortse. Pictured from left are Annie Vanstone, Nikita Morris, Alan Katze, Fakenham Mayor Gilly Foortse and Naomi Katze. (16962050)

They said: "After many tears and discussions, it is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Rainbow Deli will be closing its doors for good."

They said that due to Mr Katze's health issues that will see him being taken out of the business for months at a time, coupled with poor trade which has resulted in the business suffering financial difficulties, they have no option but to close.

"We have enjoyed our six months in Fakenham, but obviously health is paramount. With the downturn in trade, the business simply cannot afford to take on staff to cover Mr Katze's absences, so sadly this is the only option," they said.

The Rainbow Deli Norfolk which opened in Fakenham last year (16728242)
The Rainbow Deli Norfolk which opened in Fakenham last year (16728242)

"Thank you to all those that have supported us every week. We’ve met some fabulous people, who have been amazing, caring customers, and we thank you so much for your support. To those that were so enthusiastic about having a deli in town, but then didn’t continue to visit us after our initial opening, or those that after six months of us being there, still haven’t even stepped through the door, well unfortunately, it is now too late.

"You MUST support small, local, independent businesses. They need you, as much as you want them on your High Street. But you have to support them regularly, daily or even weekly – once a month or every few months, it’s just not enough for a business to keep going.

"There’s a rather flippant phrase that is used only too often, but rarely fulfilled – use it or lose it."

They are holding a sale immediately of everything in the shop including stock, furniture, fridges and pictures.

They said that the deli will remain for "a little while" and a final date is yet to be confirmed.

Previously Mr and Mrs Katze ran the Rainbow Stores at East Rudham for two years which they closed last year in order to launch the Fakenham deli.



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