Cheltenham's last specialist angling shop to close
THEY'VE been reeling in the customers at Be Lucky Angling in Cheltenham for years.
But husband and wife duo Ray and Jenny Butters have finally decided to hang up their rods at the Coronation Square shop later this month.
It means the end of the line for the town's last remaining specialist fishing tackle store.
Although sad to be leaving, the couple say they are looking forward to spending more time with family in retirement.
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And they are hoping to sell on as much stock as possible before they close on September 28, from rods and reels to tents, seats and bait.
"I'd like to thank all our loyal customers over the years," said Jenny. "We will be sad to leave of course, but there are lots of things we're looking forward to doing.
"We'll be able to spend more time with family.
"It's a shame that the town won't have its own fishing tackle shop any more but we've had a good run."
Ray and Jenny started up Be Lucky Angling 10 years ago, quickly building up a good reputation with fishing enthusiasts in the area.
Customers would come from across the region for the high quality of their bait, which was brought in fresh.
Once the store closes, people will have to travel to angling shops in Tewkesbury as the nearest alternative.
Ray and Jenny added that they had been dismayed at how many shops had shut in Coronation Square in recent times.
"When we arrived here it was much busier," added Jenny. "But if you look at it now it's a bit of a ghost town."
Bob Marsden, spokesman for the group of investors who own the square, said the couple had reached the end of their lease and opted not to renew.
He said the investors are in talks with six big name retailers about them taking over empty units at Coronation Square, but that he couldn't yet reveal which companies.
Mr Marsden said: "It can take months for negotiations to take place and contracts to be signed."