A long-running furniture shop in a Norfolk town has shut its doors for good amid the cost of living crisis.

Kerri's Farmhouse Pine in Reepham, located at the old railway station site, closed on March 12 after almost 30 years there.

While the business opened in Reepham in 1994, it was first started as a furniture company in 1987 by Peter Goodson and his daughter Kerri at their home in Hainford and they had a couple of shops in Norwich first. 

Eastern Daily Press:

Kerri Goodson-Body and her brother Scott Goodson took on the business and they employed a carpentry team to make all the pine and painted furniture sold in the Reepham shop. 

In December 2022, the siblings announced furniture production would be ceasing as it was no longer financially viable. 

At the time, Mr Goodson cited a drop in trade due to the cost of living crisis, which also impacted the cost of materials with timber rising by 200pc and electricity by 100pc. 

Eastern Daily Press: Scott Goodson and Kerri Goodson-Body of Kerri's Farmhouse PineScott Goodson and Kerri Goodson-Body of Kerri's Farmhouse Pine (Image: Newsquest)

They had initially planned to keep the gift and homeware section open, but after a relatively quiet Christmas period they decided to close the whole shop.  

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Anna McKellar, Mr Goodson's partner and part of the family business, said: "With rising costs of electric, timber and petrol we no longer felt it viable to continue making furniture at an acceptable cost for our much-loved customers.

Eastern Daily Press:

"We tried to stay open with just a gift shop but saw a decline in customers at a time when we should have been at our busiest in the run-up to Christmas.

"In the New Year, it became clear the shop was unable to maintain a footfall achievable to keep the business going.

"Please keep visiting the site, The Station Café, the Station Barbers and Cushion Cottage remain open and would love to see you."