Specialist bag shop in Northampton to close

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A couple who run a shop in Northampton will retire after 37 years in business.

Chanse Leather Goods, which is in Abington Street near the Market Square, will close its doors on Saturday, January 30.

A statement issued by the company said: “Mr and Mrs Chauhan of Chanse Leather Goods have decided the time is right to enter retirement.

“It is with both great joy and sadness that the doors will close on Saturday.

“For them it is not the end, it is the future they have built for their children and grandchildren. From very humble beginnings to international business, it is a wonderful story to tell.

“We would like to thank all our customers past and present for their continued support.”

Mr and Mrs Chauhan started the business in 1979 on a market stall, moving shortly after that to a shop on St Giles Street.

The couple expanded into design and wholesale and managed to sell products to high street stores and large retailers.

New offices and warehouse space were needed, culminating in 20,000 sq ft site in Brackmills in 1994 to manage the huge business growth.

Subsequently they opened the business online, selling luggage and bags around the world through www.bagsdirect.com

Most recently, the high street business moved to 4 Abington Street, which will soon be filled with another tenant.

The company statement said: “We have had a wonderful few years of trading, we are happy to say that new tenants have been found to trade from the unit and we are sure they will be a great asset to the High Street.”

All refunds, returns, credit notes, queries and repairs will be honoured through www.bagsdirect.com