Independent KBB retailer Vale Kitchens with two studios in the Midlands has said it cannot continue to trade in the “current business climate” and has closed down.
Vale Kitchens, which opened in 1969, said the decision had been “traumatic but unavoidable”. It had a showroom in Evesham, Worcestershire, and one in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.
In a brief note on its website, the owners have written: “We would like to take this opportunity to convey our deepest, heartfelt thanks to all of our loyal customers, friends and business associates over many years.
“Without your loyal support our success over the last 50 years would not have been possible, but under the current business climate, particularly in retail, we have been left with no option but to take the traumatic but unavoidable decision to cease trading.
“Formal notice will be forwarded to those affected.”
The business had posted details of a new year sale just after Christmas last year, highlighting heavy discounts on beds, wardrobes and appliance brands, including Miele, Liebherr and Siemens.
Kbbreview tried to call Vale Kitchens for more information but their phones had been disconnected.
Before Christmas, leading British kitchen designer Johnny Grey said he had not seen deterioration of trading in the KBB industry as bad as 2018 and if consumer confidence did not bounce back soon, the sector could lose vital skills and expertise that would be most likely lost forever.