Emotional day for customers as StanMan's Kitchen closes
CUSTOMERS were in tears as StanMan's Kitchen closed this weekend.
The much-loved cafe, deli and shop, in Westgate Street, was put up for sale in January this year but a suitable buyer never came forward.
As a result, owners Nicky and Neil Wildin made the decision to walk away, with Saturday their last day at the helm.
"It was a very emotional day for everyone," said Nicky.
"We are extremely proud of what we have achieved in the past four years and it has generally been very enjoyable.
"The customers have been fantastic over the years and we have had some tears from people after we announced we were closing.
"We have learnt a lot here and we will miss it."
The main reason behind the closure of the business, which has become a prominent independent outlet in the city centre, is the decline in footfall in Westgate Street.
"Less and less people have been venturing down Westgate Street," said Nicky.
"Plus there is more competition now with cafes opening all over town.
"It is a big shame but we just couldn't commit to another lease. People just don't seem to come to this part of town anymore."
Geraldine Jones, from Stroud, has been a big supporter of the place over the years and admits she will miss it now it has closed.
"It offered something completely different to the rest of the city centre," she said.
"There is a lovely little shop, a gorgeous deli and nice cafe in a lovely atmosphere. Gloucester will certainly be worse off without it."
Meanwhile, Anna Thomas, from Tuffley, had only recently discovered it.
She added: "I was gutted when I heard Saturday was its last day. There is nowhere else like it in the city centre. What a shame."
Nicky said the doors to the shop may open to customers this week if they have produce left that needs selling but the cafe and deli will be closed.