Fashion store to shut up shop

Peter Harper
Peter Harper

One of Daventry’s best known stores is to close its doors in the coming weeks in what the owners say is a ‘controlled wind down’ of the business.

Women’s fashion outlet Harpers BoutiQue has been run by husband and wife team Jane and Peter Harper on Sheaf Street since its rebrand in 2012. It has made a name for itself in stocking a range designer labels and exclusive brands.

The menswear part of the business is to remain open.

The pair have announced they want to close the BoutiQue business in order to enjoy a little more free time. They will maintain their current freehold on 20-22 Sheaf Street.

“The menswear unit remains and will continue to trade,” said Mr Harper. “But we are going to be more like landlords than retailers.

“It is a challenging time, and I think there is still a market for ladies wear in Daventry, but I am closer to 80 than 70 now.

“I was going to close it earlier but we took several thousand in profit and we are having to acquire more stock.”

The Grade II listed building will now be rented to another Daventry business which Mr Harper says has been operating in the town for the past 15 years.

A number of businesses attempted to snap up the site, including some local firms and a charity.

Mr Harper says he also isn’t ruling out continuing to stock women’s clothing in 
his remaining store in the future.

He said: “The person who is going to move in is absolutely delighted; it would be a perfect retail offer.

“We have enjoyed having a business in Daventry and we have very loyal customers.

“I am delighted that people have been coming in saying it’s a shame, but people just don’t understand the age I am!

“Retailing is a nice industry, we want to keep active in it but take it more gently.

Mr Harper added: “I have worked for 60 years in retail, I have done my time.”