Archive Homestore & Kitchen in Ramsgate announces closure due to covid aftermath and ‘escalating costs’

Tomorrow is the last day of trade for Archive Homestore & Kitchen in Military Road (image google maps)

A popular Ramsgate café and shop which has been trading since 2015 will close tomorrow (February 18) due to ‘escalating costs.’

Archive Homestore & Kitchen at the arches in Military Road is headed by Naomi Grady who employs around 10-14 local staff.

But despite the popularity of Archive rising energy and goods prices have forced the decision to close.

On the Archive facebook page Naomi said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce the closure of Archive Homestore & Kitchen. Our final day of trading will be Sunday 18th February.

“Although this decision may seem very sudden, it is something I have been struggling with for a while. Covid, and the aftermath, coupled with the escalating costs of goods and energy, has had a significant and detrimental impact on the business, with no option now but to close our doors.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my team past and present, who have worked so passionately to make Archive what it is.

“Thank you to every one of you who supported the business over the last 8.5 years, our amazing suppliers and the Ramsgate community.

“Thank you to friends and family who have supported and held me through this difficult time.

“I know many of you have special memories associated with Archive – it was a pleasure to have been part of so many of your lives.”

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm for anyone hoping to pop in for the last day tomorrow.

The Centre for Retail Research data on retail job losses and store closures during 2023 shows nationally 2,320 stores closed and 33,241 retail jobs were lost last year.

In hospitality figures from  CGA by NIQ and AlixPartners  show more than 6,000 venues closed in 2023, bringing the total number of closures since the pandemic to nearly 23,000.

Business consultants Forbes Burton has pointed to two reports, published by PwC and Zoho, which warn of a difficult 2024 for business owners.

Zoho’s Digital Health Study showed two in five UK business owners cited inflation as their main concern going into 2024. Despite its recent slowing, inflation still sits at 4.6%, more than double the government’s stated 2% target. An even higher number (45%) of those surveyed were worried about the economic outlook for the UK overall.

PwC’s economic outlook expects to see almost 30,000 businesses fold in 2024, with the vast majority comprised of small businesses. They list the hospitality among the businesses most at risk with rising operating costs but reduced footfall.

PwC’s report does predict inflation eventually falling back to a figure closer to the 2% target if global energy prices are allowed to drop and foresees an improvement in living standards spearheaded by an increase in the National Living Wage and a housing benefit increase.

13 Comments

  1. Such a shame. Have been a frequent visitors to this cafe since the beginning. Great staff, good service, nice coffee and varied menu. Best in Ramsgate and will be missed.

  2. Such a loss to the town and a sad loss of jobs. It’s been a great, friendly cafe which has always supported many community initiatives. I know many customers are shocked and sad. I know many other businesses in Ramsgate are also struggling… the cost of living crisis is biting… Thank you Archive… you’ll be missed.

  3. The rising prices have absolutely nothing to do with covid, it is all Brexit and the sooner people start to realise that the better, the ‘no tariffs’ was simply gaslighting, they didn’t tell you that there would now be duty and VAT on everything that comes in or goes out of the country, even your own stuff from your holiday home in Europe is now subject to duty and VAT believe me I work in logistics!

    • ‘Your holiday home in Europe’ How the other half live! Anyone who contributed to this thread got a holiday home or properties in Europe?

      Returning to Archive a great shame especially for all those that have lost their jobs and of course the owner who obviously put her heart and soul into the place. . Always found it a relaxed welcoming place and great food and drink.

    • Even your own stuff from your holiday home in Europe….”.What are you on about?There are many who do not have a decent rented home,let alone their own property in the Algarve or Tuscany.You are having a laugh!

    • It’s not just here though. It’s in Europe as well, which signifies Covid did have its part to play. Why we let them destroy small businesses over a flu 99.9% of people get over I will never know

      • Because Covid is not “flu”, and 99% did not “get over it”, particularly in the arly weeks and months before effective vaccine was available.

  4. Prices are determined by supply & demand ; availability ; Covid and Putins war had a dramatic effect as oil prices rocketed ; workers were paid furlough for not working , non food shops and hospitality venues were forced to close. Coming out of Covid Lockdown demand resumed but lack of many items created shortages and inflation. As wages rise many unviable businesses will close . Brexit may have played a small part in our woes but is not the root cause .

  5. I’m absolutely gutted to see this cafe closing the food is top draw, lovely coffee and the staff are all welcoming. It always seems busy as I go here most weeks. It really is a sad state of affairs when a thriving business can’t cover it overheads and make a tidy profit. Such a shame!

  6. Businesses cannot keep blaming brexit, and the lockdown for losses incurred.I wonder how much this small cafe imported from Europe .

      • Most small cafes buy local produce,same as most restaurants,like to buy local produce . A good business person would be looking around at Local produce to drop overheads,obviously some goods have to be imported.It’s to easy for people to blame brexit vivid ,putin,rtf for problems,a good business person has the brains to work round these things

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