HYDE has been hit with the loss of two businesses because of low footfall.
Paper Tulips, a store for crafters and people who make handmade products to display their wares or get the materials needed to make them, closed its doors on Thursday, May 9.
That follows in the footsteps of the decision by Xyle More Than Coffee to no longer operate its café.
Paper Tulips, which was situated on Market Street, took the decision to close because not enough people came through its door.
And as they said in a statement, if retail giant Debenhams goes through a hard time then theirs was inevitable.
“After a great deal of discussion we have made the sad decision to close Paper Tulips,” they said.
“Unfortunately there is no longer the footfall that’s needed to allow us to survive. if Debenhams can’t do it we don’t stand a chance.
“We have just passed our fourth anniversary and I am amazed to say we have crafters who have been part of our journey from the start and we thank them and all our crafters for their support.
“It’s been a pleasure to meet so many lovely people many who have become friends either crafters or customers.
“Paper Tulips wasn’t just a shop, it was a community.”
Paper Tulips’ decision made it a double blow to Hyde’s business community as Xyle closed its café on Manchester Road Retail Park.
However, the fitness studio that offers classes like yoga, pilates, Zumba and martial arts, as well as others is staying open.
Like Paper Tulips, lack of custom was cited as the reason for the closure on April 20.
In a statement, Xyle said: “The warm reception we received from our new customers was fantastic and we have seen many returning faces during our time on the retail park.
“Many of you will be aware, 2018-19 has been a tough year for retail and hospitality with several high street stores closing.
“As a small independent business, we are not immune to the economic climate.
“This coupled with high running costs and lower footfall than anticipated, we have had to make the incredibly hard decision to close our Hyde coffee shop and tea room.
“We would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to all our loyal customers and instructors who will be moving to new premises, the team will miss you all.”
Xyle More Than Coffee – including its 60 cover café and fitness studio – is described online as being for sale for £89,999.
It is described as occupying: ‘a prime trading position on a busy retail park amongst two major well known multiple outlets, with an abundance of parking and within walking distance of the town centre and bus station with junction two of the (M67) motorway opposite.
“As you would expect, the area is subsequently a hive of activity throughout the day with continual footfall attracting high levels of regular local and passing trade throughout the day.
“Since the business commenced trading in 2018, Xyle More Than Coffee has quickly established a truly enviable reputation demonstrating excellent online reviews and enjoying frequent recommendations whilst also boasting an extensive and loyal customer base which is rapidly expanding.
“As the name suggests, Xyle More Than Coffee represents a multi destination venue serving a wide range of fresh coffee professionally prepared by a team of trained baristas, loose leaf tea from a local tea supplier, a selection of artisan cakes as well as a selection of homemade sandwiches and hot and cold traditional cuisine.
“This is an exciting opportunity to acquire a unique coffee shop concept with a bright and exciting future.”