Reasons given for the shop’s demise include, amongst other factors, the current economic climate, shop relocations and name changes, and the inevitable “competition from the internet” as customers find online shopping “easier and sometimes cheaper”, the net result of which has been decreased footfall rendering the store economically unviable.
Guy Marshall, who moved with the store when it was taken over from the St Andrew’s chain in 2009, and has been selling Christian books in St Albans for 30 years, will be taking this opportunity to retire from the shop — but not necessarily from his other involvements: he plans to take a break, after which … watch this space.
Guy, I salute you and look forward to seeing where you go from here: may the Lord bless you and keep you.
QUENCH – ST ALBANS
It is with great regret that we have to tell you that the St Albans branch of Quench will cease trading on 31st December 2011.
Several factors have contributed to this sad outcome, the economic recession in the country, the various moves the shop has made over the past few years and associated name changes, the reduced amount of space we have at Holywell Hill compared with our previous stores, the lack of convenient parking close to the shop and of course competition from the internet where customers find it easier and sometimes cheaper to shop on-line. The net result is that far fewer customers visit the shop and this has made this retail store uneconomic to run.
Please delete my name and Branch details from your database for any future mailings and correspondence. After 31st December emails to St Albans will not get a response or be seen, so please remove our email address from your list of Contacts.
The Quench Head Office is the Maidenhead branch and will handle any queries at maidenhead[at]quenchshops.com
Thank you for all the service you have given us over the years.
- Report in the St Albans & Harpenden Review, 19/12/2011: Quench, Bon Marche and Dash to go