We are so very sad to announce that Sydney’s in Settle will be closed permanently and will be unable to reopen next week. We have had no choice but to cease trading.
We cannot begin to tell you how devastated we are 😔 The horrific economic impacts of the COVID pandemic and the crippling unforeseen cost of living crisis (rent rises of 17%, energy bill rise of 50%, food and drinks costs rise 30-50%, staff wages up 30%, and overall sales down 35%) have taken over like a tsunami and have made it impossible for us to carry on.
From the very first day we opened back on the 12th July 2019, we were instantly welcomed and loved. It seems like a lifetime ago, pre-covid. Many of you will remember we were described as “just what Settle needed” - and in another time and under different circumstances we would have remained a permanent fixture in the community that is so dear to our heart.
I cannot make this announcement without mentioning the man that started it all with us and the reason we have pushed through such difficult circumstances up to now.
He had a vision. We brought it to life and I have had the joy of being able to share our story and his memory with so many of our wonderful customers. My brother Syd has been at the centre of every decision we have made and all that we have achieved and I know he would be so proud
I will openly admit this has knocked me and I have struggled of late with my mental health. I mention this to remind everyone how important it is to be kind to one another. You really don’t know what people are going through and as resilient and strong as I and many others are, what the world needs is to recognise that many are putting a brave face on. We need more compassion, more kindness and more love. I am so grateful for my family and friends who have supported me and held me up these past three years when I’ve felt like giving up.
Thank you to our loyal customers and staff - without you none of this would have ever existed. You made Sydney’s come to life and I will forever be grateful to all of you 🙏🏻
I hope we continue to see you at Sydney’s in Lancaster. Your continued support would be greatly appreciated 💕💕