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Thoroughfare's Leather and Sheepskin Limited to close

PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 May 2019

Peter is looking forward to his retirement. 

Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Peter is looking forward to his retirement. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Rachel Edge

One of the mainstays of Woodbridge's Thoroughfare is preparing to close its doors.

Peter Phillips and the sheep of Leather and Sheepskin Ltd in Woodbridge.

Picture: RACHEL EDGEPeter Phillips and the sheep of Leather and Sheepskin Ltd in Woodbridge. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

A Woodbridge shop which was only meant to stay in the town for four months is preparing to close its doors after 25 years.

Leather and Sheepskin Limited, which sits at the top of the town's Thoroughfare, will be closing on May 11 following the retirement of owner Peter Phillips.

Mr Phillips took over the shop, formerly Adams Apple, in October 1993.

It was initially meant to be a pop up shop but after receiving a positive reception Mr Phillips decided to renew his lease.

The shop will be closing next week Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe shop will be closing next week Picture: RACHEL EDGE

“We took this on a short-term lease but we were so successful over that Christmas,” said Mr Phillips.

“The Thoroughfare is the best place to be.

“We have been very lucky, our customers have been very loyal and come back year after year.”

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To begin with the shop only sold leather jackets but over time the shop's stock diversified to include handbags, hats and a number of other items including toy sheep.

The sheep in particular have become synonymous with the store often featuring prominently in the shop window.

“We sell two or three a week,” said Mr Phillips, “and over the years I think we have sold hundreds and they have gone all over the world.”

While many of the stores fluffy familiars have gone on to new homes around the world the shop now only has a few left in stock.

Customers have been stocking up on items  before the store closes  Picture: RACHEL EDGECustomers have been stocking up on items before the store closes Picture: RACHEL EDGE

“It feels funny not having them in the window,” said Mr Phillips.

Aside from the sheep Mr Phillips said that the shop's other top sellers over the years had been leather handbags.

He said that the shop had sold around 1000 a year.

“Everything seems to have come together and it feels like the right time,” said Mr Phillips.

“People have been coming in and wishing me all the best.”

Leather and Sheepskin Limited will have its final day of trading on May 11.

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