FINEWEAVE CARPETS CLOSES AFTER 51 YEARS
…AS LOCAL COUNCILLOR SAYS HIGH STREET IS ‘VIBRANT’
FLEET LOSES ANOTHER LONG TERM BUSINESS
There is yet another closure in Fleet High Street as one of its oldest existing residents makes the decision to close their local branch.
Fineweave Carpets opened its very first store in Fleet in 1968, occupying 186 Fleet Road for over 50 years. The business went on to establish outlets all over the South of England but as 2019 ended so did their Fleet residency.
Below: A last look at Fineweave Carpets in Fleet.
Below: Permission for the Fineweave Carpets Shop Front granted in 1968.
Below: A 1974 advert for salesmen for FineWeave Carpets.
There was no obvious indication that the store planned to close, as it only celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2018, with a competition winner being declared on their Facebook page and an impressive gold motif added to the window.
Below: Fineweave Carpets celebrates its 50th anniversary in Fleet with a gold window motif and an in-store competition (photo credit: Fineweave Carpets).
It doesn’t appear that the decision to close was taken lightly, as the notice on the front windows shows. The owners of the store state:
“It is with much sadness that we have had to make the very tough decision to not renew the lease on our business and therefore will be closing the Fleet showroom with immediate effect.
We would like to thank all our loyal customers for your support over the last 51 years.”
Existing customers are then directed to contact the Woodley showroom for details of their orders.
Below: The Fleet branch of Fineweave Carpets is now closed for business.
Below: The interior of Fineweave Carpets.
The store is just the latest business that has made the decision to leave Fleet High Street. While other local towns benefit from investments and makeovers, it has left many asking – yet again – when is it Fleet’s turn? But don’t hold your breath, as Community Campaign Hart Councillor Sara Kinnell, stated at a Hart District Council meeting last night:
“I think Fleet is a vibrant town centre, I think it’s amazing, it’s not lagging behind other High Streets”.
Conservative Councillor Steve Forster responded by stating:
“Councillor Kinnell and her cabinet colleagues are evidently unaware or ignorant of the pressure on all high streets and ours in particular. The fact is that Fleet does have brilliant businesses – but to be vibrant and thriving, it needs her cabinet to actively support businesses and deliver the free parking that I and my colleagues, residents, and visitors are calling for. Without this our community will lose its heart.”
Let’s hope someone finally listens and gives Fleet the attention and help that it so badly needs.
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