End of an era for Henry Dell

File pic -  Henry Dell shop on St Nicholas Street. picture by Neil Silk   111026    09/03/11
File pic - Henry Dell shop on St Nicholas Street. picture by Neil Silk 111026 09/03/11

SCARBOROUGH’S well-known glass and china shop is to close after its owner lost his battle against cancer.

Chris Bostock ran Henry Dell, in St Nicholas Street, for 27 years; becoming a popular figure on the Scarborough retail scene.

However, after being diagnosed with cancer last summer, Mr Bostock decided that after more than 55 years in business the shop would have to close.

He had planned to shut the shop in July this year, though sadly he passed away in March.

His wife Wendy has been running the business since, and says she plans to stick to her husband’s plan and close Henry Dell next month.

Mrs Bostock said: “It is a shame for Scarborough to lose another independent retailer, however it is not something that we could have carried.

“It will be very sad to see the shop close as it was obviously linked so closely to Chris. He was very involved in the business. He really enjoyed it, and loved the whole process of running the shop; from the ordering to the selling.

“It will be very sad for the staff too, some of which have been here for a long time.

“They have all worked their socks off since Chris was ill. They have had to bear the brunt of everyone coming in and asking what’s happening.

“It has been a difficult time for them and they have been great.”

The shop, which employs five members of staff, has been in the Bostock family since it opened in 1954 in Victoria Road.

It was founded by Mr Bostock’s father David, who worked in the shop until he died aged 83, in 2003. The name Henry Dell was taken from David’s middle name and his wife Ruth’s family name.

After opening in Victoria Road the business then briefly moved in to new premises in St Thomas Street, before it relocated to St Nicholas Street.

In 1978 David Bostock bought a shop in Skinner Street from the Horne Family who used to own the Whitby Gazette. It continued to be known as Hornes Gift Shop, and also employs five staff.

When Mr Bostock joined the business after working as a surveyor his father had just taken on a second shop in St Nicholas Street

They then took the opportunity to expand when premises next to their newest shop became available about 16 years ago.

The Bostocks then closed down the older of their two  premises and the business has stayed put ever since. Mr Bostock, who was a former president and secretary of Scarborough’s Chamber of Trade, was also very involved with Scarborough Quaker Meeting, Scarborough in Bloom and the John Horne Homes.

Both shops are due to close on July 16.