Shop owner says a fond farewell to town centre

27/09/11'Hepe clothing store in Berkhamsed is closing with the owner Helen Middleton retirement plans to move down to the south of England.
27/09/11'Hepe clothing store in Berkhamsed is closing with the owner Helen Middleton retirement plans to move down to the south of England.

THE owner of a clothes shop wants to say goodbye to the townspeople she has kitted out for the past eight years.

Helen Middleton, 54, will close Berkhamsted-based Hebe next month to retire to Devon.

She said: “We have done really well here and have got loyal, lovely customers.”

But the Lower Kings Road shop has already started removing its wallpaper and outside decoration as its eight-year lease comes to a close. A closing down sale has begun.

Helen has worked in retail for 38 years and opened her first shop in Thame 12 years ago. It closed about two years ago.

Her daughter has followed her into the trade and Laura, 30, now works with her in Hebe.

Helen says she may open a new shop in Devon – but not for at least a year or so.