Sheila’s designs are set on shop retirement

Sheila Kemble, retiring from Harpurs, Woburn Sands
Sheila Kemble, retiring from Harpurs, Woburn Sands

A DESIGNER dress shop owner has decided to retire from her village business after 25 years.

Sheila Kemble, of Harpurs in Woburn Sands, has put the outlet up for sale with property agent Aitchison Raffety.

Sheila is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and to increasing her involvement as a Trustee of Willen Hospice.

She has been short-listed as an Olympic torch runner in 2012 and is currently waiting to hear if she has been chosen.

The businesswoman is looking to pass on her successful ladies’ designer dress shop to a new owner. But until December she will be overseeing the new autumn and winter collections which are now in stock.

European labels in the new collection include Betty Barclay, Gerry Weber, Basler, Marc Cain and Save the Queen.

Alan Downer of Aitchison Raffety said: “We have had numerous enquiries, some for the property and business and some for the property alone. We are now in serious discussions with a number of interested parties and hope to announce a successful conclusion before the end of the year.”

The shop is offered through Aitchison Raffety on a freehold or leasehold basis. The premises extend to approximately 3,000 sq-ft (280 sq-m) including retail showrooms on the ground and first floors and good sized stock rooms, office, kitchen and toilets.