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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Barrow shop to close after 34 years

AFTER 34 years Barrow shop owner Noreen Steel has decided to call it quits to join her husband in retirement.

The 76-year-old fashionista opened the women’s clothing store That Shop in Cavendish Street, Barrow, in 1979. And after three decades Mrs Steel plans to spend the rest of her days seeing the world with husband Bill, 84.

Mrs Steel, of Highlands Grove, left her job as a secretary at Alfred Barrow senior school (now part of Furness Academy) to pursue her dream of working in the fashion industry.

She said: “I was working at the school for quite a long time before I bought the business.

“It was something I always wanted to do and I’m so glad I have.

“I think the friends I’ve made have been the best bit about owning the shop and I’ve made a lot of friends over the years.

“I have already had flowers from customers who are sad to see me go and I’ve not even gone yet.”

Mr Steel retired as a builder 20 years ago because of the physical demands of the work.

Mrs Steel, a great grandmother-of-one, added: “My husband has been at home for 20 years. He’s been a househusband.

“Hopefully we will be able to get away on lots of short trips now.

“Mind you, now I’ll be home all the time we’ll fall out over the cooker probably.”

Mrs Steel has been forced to close the business and sell the building after she received no interest from prospective buyers.

She added: “The irony is, the day after the building was sold a customer came in and wanted to buy the business.

“We are expecting it will be turned into a charity shop or a nail bar.

“It’s not a shop you can rid of overnight so I wanted to sell it now before I get any older.

“I don’t want to be going to market here everyday to sell my stock. I’d rather put everything at silly prices.”

Talented Mrs Steel is also the head of the Abbey Singers group in Barrow.

“We have done a lot of charity fashion shows along with music because I’ve been in amateur singing groups for 60 years.

“I will keep that going especially now I have more free time.”

Mrs Steel has a daughter, two grandchildren and a one-year-old great granddaughter.

That Shop will close its doors on Saturday, March 15.

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I think it's kept you young Noreen. Have a lovely time travelling. Be blessed xx

Posted by Julia Rice on 25 February 2014 at 16:46

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