Clothing store closing after 35 years in town

Shop owner Glenda Clark looks to the future . pic Richard Ponter 164911
Shop owner Glenda Clark looks to the future . pic Richard Ponter 164911
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A ladies’ fashion retailer has thanked her loyal customers for their support after deciding to retire after 35 years of trading in Scarborough.

Owner of The Ladies Dresser, Glenda Clark, is retiring from the popular town business and will be sad to close the long-standing business in the New Year.

Glenda,69, said: “I have been really lucky to have been in the business for so long. It has been a lot of hard work but it has certainly been worth it. It will be a sad day when we close up for good.”

She started The Bar Street shop 35 years ago with a friend, who formed a partnership for seven years.

In that time she has set up other stores in the town including another fashion retailer called Duette, also on Bar Street, as well as a shoe shop opposite the now Marks & Spencer.

Glenda said: “I think we scared Scarborough to death at first with the prices we charged. We opened during a recession and people thought I was mad. When we first opened we were having to travel down to London twice a week for new stock.”

The shop has served a number of high profile customers over the years including actress Pat Pheonix, best known as Coronation Street’s Elsie Tanner, and singer Craig Douglas.

In its heydey, The Ladies Dresser had 12 members of staff. Glenda now runs the shop with her sisters and is bowing out with a closing down sale.

She said: “It has been a joy and I thank all our customers, past and present, for their loyal support.”