Thursday 23 November 2017

Shutters come down on Thorne’s Foods

Thorne's

A Brighton retailer that promised to offer “everything a local farmers market would,” including a range of local Sussex wines, has closed after building work that went over budget meant the operation became cash-starved.
Thorne’s Foods, on Upper Gardner Street in Brighton’s North Laine shopping area, opened last year but the cost of renovating its 180 year old premises meant it overspent on the construction work. This led to liquidity issues and a failed rescue plan was put together by owner Jason Hurwitz.
After a successful Christmas trading period, business fell away in the New Year and the company was unable to meet its debts.
English wine on sale in the shop included crisp pinot gris whites from Stopham Vineyard and award-winning bubbles from Ridgeview and Breaky Bottom in Sussex, as well as boutique and artisan European wines.
The shop closed this week but is on Saturday morning (February 18) for a big discounted closing down sale.

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