Lambs in Stamford to close at the end of March

Exterior of Lamb's of Stamford EMN-161201-172820009
Exterior of Lamb's of Stamford EMN-161201-172820009

A shop which has been a mainstay of Stamford’s high street is set to close after its owners decided to retire.

Brother and sister Richard Stapling and Janet Brown have taken the difficult decision to close both of their Lambs shops in Stamford - the china, glass and cookware shop in St Mary’s Street and the hardware shop in St Peter’s Street.

The duo have run the shops for many years, taking over from their parents who originally bought the business 69 years ago.

Richard and Janet are now at retirement age.

They said that after “very careful thought and consideration” they had decided to close both shops at the end of March.

Both Richard and Janet have worked in the business since leaving school but are looking forward to pursuing their interests during retirement.

Janet said they were sad to be saying goodbye to their team of loyal staff, some of whom have worked for Lambs for 22 years, supporting the shops to “prosper and become an established landmark in the town”.

Janet said: “We would like to thank our many customers, some of whom are second and third generation.

“Customers, who over the years, have had wedding lists placed at Lambs and purchased christening, birthday and anniversary gifts.”

The properties are owned by Janet and Richard and will soon be on the market to let. Before the stores close in March, there will be a huge everything must go sale, including fixtures and fittings.