Charlie calls it a day after 31 years of service

Charlie has been running his food and flowers shop for over 30 years
Charlie has been running his food and flowers shop for over 30 years

After being open for over 31 years a popular fruit and flowers store will close for good on Monday.

Teleflorist quality food and flowers on Biggleswade High Street will close after being open since 1983.

Owner of the shop Mr Herh who is known by his customers as Charlie and recently turned 72 years old will retire.

Charlie said: “Unfortunately, the business is not what it used to be. The supermarkets have killed me off and I can no longer really compete.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all my customers locally or further afield as it has been great for me to run the shop for so many years.

“I will be sad to see the shop go but I feel it is the right time.”

When the shop opened on October 10, 1983 it was half the size it is now as Charlie expanded the business throughout the 31 years he has run the shop due to its popularity.

Charlie will retire after his hard work over the years but has no immediate plans apart from visiting his homeland of India for a holiday break.

Customer Bill Simmons said: “I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in and haven’t bought anything, but my children have still walked out with a banana or an apple in their hands. Charlie is such a lovely man.”

Biggleswade Town Councillior, Peter Biernis, said: “I think it is very sad that Charlie’s is closing after 31 years in the town.

“I feel the blame lies with Government and Central Beds Council who need to understand the needs of independent businesses.”

The fruit and flowers shop will become a hot-food takeaway which will be open six days a week after planning permission was granted by Central Beds Council earlier in the year.

Make sure you say goodbye to Charlie before the shop closes this Monday.