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Beloved Brighton Store Dockerills to Close in September

One of Brighton’s best-loved shops, Dockerills, will shut its doors for the last time at the end of September. This family-run hardware store, located on Church Street, has been a staple in the North Laine community for decades.

Dockerills is the final store of its kind, with a history dating back to 1915 when Walter Dockerill opened the original shop on Edward Street. In the 1970s, the Dockerill family purchased the Church Street location, where the store has served the community ever since.

In a statement, the Dockerill family expressed their gratitude to their loyal customers: “We thank you once again for your support, and we hope to see you around the North Laine area as we continue to build on the legacy and freehold of our historical Regent House building.”

As the store prepares to bid farewell, it marks the end of an era for Brighton shoppers who have relied on Dockerills for their hardware needs. The closure of this beloved establishment is a significant moment for the North Laine area, symbolizing both the resilience and the inevitable changes within the community.

Dockerills’ contribution to the local culture and economy over the years has been immense, making its departure a poignant reminder of the evolving nature of small businesses in Brighton. The family aims to honor the store’s legacy and maintain their presence in the area, focusing on the historical Regent House building.

For many, Dockerills has been more than just a shop; it has been a part of Brighton’s history and a trusted resource for generations. As the countdown to its closure begins, the community is left to reflect on the lasting impact of this iconic store.

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