Taunton town centre has been rocked after one of its most familiar shops has closed.
Ralph Colman, based on Station Road, first opened its doors in 1925.
The cycling business was six years shy of celebrating a century in Taunton but the business has ceased trading today (Tuesday, July 9).
The news has been shared on its shop window and its website. The post appears to suggest the business has entered insolvency.
Its website now displays this message
The notice reads: “Bike (UK) Limited trading as Ralph Colman Cycles, has ceased to trade.
“The directors have instructed insolvency practitioners from Leonard Curtis Recovery Limited, to assist them with this matter.
“Queries should be directed to Amy Richardson of Leonard Curtis Recovery Limited at the following:
“By post to Leonard Curtis, 85-89 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BB. By e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Ralphies Ladies Cycling Club, the shop’s social group, took to Facebook to confirm the business had ceased trading.
A status reads: “So it is with massive sadness that Ralphies Ladies has come to an end.
“This morning the shop has stopped trading. I have to stop the club due to insurance reasons.
“Thank you to everyone I’ve met over that last five years, I’m not disappearing or giving up riding so give me a shout if you fancy riding.
“I have met some amazing ladies and made some awesome friends.”
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