Shop to leave Newcastle city center after 15 years

A folk art supply store closes after 15 years. Terry Hunt is closing the retail business of his business Jollies Arts, based in Newcastle city centre.

Terry said internet shopping and rising costs meant now was the “right time” to stop trading. But he’s not leaving town – he’ll continue to teach art at the Liverpool Road premises, and the artists’ studios above the shop will remain open.

Terry, from Hartshill, opened Jollies in Bridge Street 15 years ago, before moving to Liverpool Road two years later. He said, “It’s a good time to close up shop. The art business has become very expensive, the price of goods is rising, and the internet has always eaten at me.

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“People from the countryside don’t come to town anymore. They can have things on their doorstep the next day.

“It’s like a relief because I’m going to be able to spend my time doing what I want to do. I run four fun painting classes a week and now I’m thinking of starting a fifth. They always have been popular and I’ve got people waiting to get started.”

Terry will still run classes and have studios at the Liverpool Road premises

Terry’s stock is now half price so he can liquidate it before the store closes. It expects to close in about two weeks, depending on how quickly the stock sells.

Jollies will join a number of retailers that have closed in Newcastle which, like many city centres, has a number of empty units. StokeonTrentLive has previously reported on the sad state of the city’s Roebuck Center and York Place area.

Terry believes the city has the potential to bounce back with the right contribution. He said: “Shop closures aren’t just a problem in Newcastle. I was in Birmingham recently and there were so many empty shops.

“Newcastle just needs someone with an idea to give people a reason to visit, something they can’t get online. I’m still going to run a business here and would like to think the town has some potential.”

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Laura J. Boyer