Closure of long-running vintage clothing store Funky Monks in Canterbury

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By James Palant

A vintage clothing store is about to close after 26 years on the high street.

Funky Monks in St Peter’s Lane, Canterbury, opened in 1996 and has long been popular with city center shoppers.

Funky Monks in Canterbury closes after 26 years

Owner Peter Chittenden says he would prefer to stay put, but due to circumstances beyond his control the shop will close early next month.

“We have survived the hard times, the pandemic, the cost of living crisis, the online sales, but now we are closing because our landlord is selling the building and there is no place for us. suitable on the main street,” the 57-year-old said. -Old.

“The landlord tried to keep us here, but the people in charge want the whole building, which is listed under one address. Whoever is going to do it has to take the whole building, which will just be a restaurant, as usual.

True to its name, Funky Monks sells a quirky variety of new and used clothing.

Funky Monks owner Peter Chittenden with his sister Kelly Lopez outside the store.  Photo: Trudi Chittenden
Funky Monks owner Peter Chittenden with his sister Kelly Lopez outside the store. Photo: Trudi Chittenden

Mr Chittenden, who lives in Herne Bay, says he was told a restaurant would open in its place – leaving the store the last independent retailer to be replaced by a restaurant.

He’s not sure if the shop will have a closing sale, but says he’s grateful to everyone who has supported them over the years.

“I don’t really want to have a going away party, but things are going well, we’re moving on, times are changing,” he added.

Funky Monks made the announcement on Facebook, prompting dozens of comments from customers expressing their gratitude for the store and their disappointment at news of its closure.

“Thank you for serving Canterbury with the best clothes! I still have my cowboy boots that I bought from you 15 years ago and they are still strong,” said one user. “End of an era for Canterbury, but there’s no doubt Funky Monks will continue to thrive,” said another.

“Who knows what the future holds for us?”

After the store closes, Mr Chittenden and his sister Kelly, who also runs the business, will focus on their other branch of Funky Monks at Briggsys Emporium in Herne Bay, as well as selling clothes online and in marketplaces. from the city.

“We have a pitch at Deal Town Vintage Market on Saturday and we’re doing well there,” he said.

“Who knows what the future holds for us?”

Customers can find Funky Monks on Depop @funkymonksvintage and on eBay under funkymonksretro.

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