Popular delicatessen to leave Marlow High Street

Bucks Free Press: Martina Hunt Martina Hunt

A DELICATESSAN which opened on the High Street less than 18 months ago is to close its doors for good after the owner decided to switch the focus of the business.

Martina Hunt, who runs Gather and Hunt, has decided to concentrate on the online market as high costs of High Street trading make life increasingly difficult for independent traders.

The delicatessen, which stocks artisan meats, breads, cheeses and condiments as well as drinks, launched in September 2012.

Martina said: "We have decided that the future of Gather & Hunt is better focussed on the online and corporate and gift markets and pop-up stores rather than a permanent retail site in Marlow. 

"So for all our lovely customers they can now access us at www.gatherandhunt.co.uk and watch this space for where we may 'pop up'."

Martina’s business is featured in this month’s Country Living Magazine, with a double page spread on her start-up and drive to succeed.

As yet, a closing date has not been set as the search to find a new tenant gets underway.

See next week’s Marlow Freee Press for more details and reaction as yet another independent trader waves goodbye to Marlow High Street.

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1:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

It is the snobbery of Marlow residents that results in businesses not being able to open and it is the same thing that drives businesses away. Their consistent resistant to anything new is likely to leave the High Street with not a single independent trader. It will be the likes of Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Costa only being able to afford the extortionate business rates.
It is the snobbery of Marlow residents that results in businesses not being able to open and it is the same thing that drives businesses away. Their consistent resistant to anything new is likely to leave the High Street with not a single independent trader. It will be the likes of Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Costa only being able to afford the extortionate business rates. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
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1:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

laircm says...

Bartholomew HuckleBerry wrote:
It is the snobbery of Marlow residents that results in businesses not being able to open and it is the same thing that drives businesses away. Their consistent resistant to anything new is likely to leave the High Street with not a single independent trader. It will be the likes of Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Costa only being able to afford the extortionate business rates.
What a load marlow bashing cr@p. New businesses are opening all the time, despite the outrageous high street rents and crippling business rates. This is of course the reason they are shutting down as well. It has absolutely nothing to do with Marlow residents or indeed residents of towns and villages in the rest of Bucks.
[quote][p][bold]Bartholomew HuckleBerry[/bold] wrote: It is the snobbery of Marlow residents that results in businesses not being able to open and it is the same thing that drives businesses away. Their consistent resistant to anything new is likely to leave the High Street with not a single independent trader. It will be the likes of Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Costa only being able to afford the extortionate business rates.[/p][/quote]What a load marlow bashing cr@p. New businesses are opening all the time, despite the outrageous high street rents and crippling business rates. This is of course the reason they are shutting down as well. It has absolutely nothing to do with Marlow residents or indeed residents of towns and villages in the rest of Bucks. laircm
  • Score: 3

2:06pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BucksComment says...

Toy businesses are opening. The dear lady wife needs a hobby, afterall.

Marlow high street is dead - sadly - as it used to be a vibrant place where people actually went shopping rather than just an leisure destination
Toy businesses are opening. The dear lady wife needs a hobby, afterall. Marlow high street is dead - sadly - as it used to be a vibrant place where people actually went shopping rather than just an leisure destination BucksComment
  • Score: 5

3:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Since when has Marlow ever agreed to anything in the recent years then ? Laircm; can you elaborate on even a single project that was accepted without Marlow snobs resisting to it ? I can "bash" them with credible reasons.. I will give you one of them... After Waitrose was granted trolley bays, the nimbys claimed that it will "blight" their lives because of the noise from people using those trolleys ! (Source: BFP Tuesday 27 August 2013). What farcical and pathetic things do these "jewels" of the town come out with? A supermarket needs those trolley for the convenience of Marlow shoppers, otherwise how else would they hold the 20/30 items in their hands ??? You people want all the conveniences but you do not want the by-products ! How many more decibels of sound will be produced to blight your precious lives? It is the trash coming out of the residents that produces more decibels, but unfortunately it is all hot air anyway.
Since when has Marlow ever agreed to anything in the recent years then ? Laircm; can you elaborate on even a single project that was accepted without Marlow snobs resisting to it ? I can "bash" them with credible reasons.. I will give you one of them... After Waitrose was granted trolley bays, the nimbys claimed that it will "blight" their lives because of the noise from people using those trolleys ! (Source: BFP Tuesday 27 August 2013). What farcical and pathetic things do these "jewels" of the town come out with? A supermarket needs those trolley for the convenience of Marlow shoppers, otherwise how else would they hold the 20/30 items in their hands ??? You people want all the conveniences but you do not want the by-products ! How many more decibels of sound will be produced to blight your precious lives? It is the trash coming out of the residents that produces more decibels, but unfortunately it is all hot air anyway. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: -2

3:43pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Do you want one more example... Read the BFP's news on the "controversial" pizza takeaway opening in your precious little town. What exactly is the controversy ? Nimbys ...all of you !
Do you want one more example... Read the BFP's news on the "controversial" pizza takeaway opening in your precious little town. What exactly is the controversy ? Nimbys ...all of you ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 8

8:20pm Fri 7 Mar 14

gpn01 says...

Bartholomew HuckleBerry wrote:
Since when has Marlow ever agreed to anything in the recent years then ? Laircm; can you elaborate on even a single project that was accepted without Marlow snobs resisting to it ? I can "bash" them with credible reasons.. I will give you one of them... After Waitrose was granted trolley bays, the nimbys claimed that it will "blight" their lives because of the noise from people using those trolleys ! (Source: BFP Tuesday 27 August 2013). What farcical and pathetic things do these "jewels" of the town come out with? A supermarket needs those trolley for the convenience of Marlow shoppers, otherwise how else would they hold the 20/30 items in their hands ??? You people want all the conveniences but you do not want the by-products ! How many more decibels of sound will be produced to blight your precious lives? It is the trash coming out of the residents that produces more decibels, but unfortunately it is all hot air anyway.
"Marlow" is not a single person or organisation. It is a thriving town with a population of over 17,000. Amongst those 17,000 there will be those who're against progress. That doesn't mean the rest of us are against such developments. Businesses will come and go as shops, restaurants, coffee shops and whatever else open and then suffer a fate of expenditure being greater than income. That's sad but reflects the basic economics of business. The great thing about Marlow is that there continues to be entrepreneurs who give it a go and should be applauded and not decried by armchair whingers with chips on their shoulders about Marlow being a nice place.
[quote][p][bold]Bartholomew HuckleBerry[/bold] wrote: Since when has Marlow ever agreed to anything in the recent years then ? Laircm; can you elaborate on even a single project that was accepted without Marlow snobs resisting to it ? I can "bash" them with credible reasons.. I will give you one of them... After Waitrose was granted trolley bays, the nimbys claimed that it will "blight" their lives because of the noise from people using those trolleys ! (Source: BFP Tuesday 27 August 2013). What farcical and pathetic things do these "jewels" of the town come out with? A supermarket needs those trolley for the convenience of Marlow shoppers, otherwise how else would they hold the 20/30 items in their hands ??? You people want all the conveniences but you do not want the by-products ! How many more decibels of sound will be produced to blight your precious lives? It is the trash coming out of the residents that produces more decibels, but unfortunately it is all hot air anyway.[/p][/quote]"Marlow" is not a single person or organisation. It is a thriving town with a population of over 17,000. Amongst those 17,000 there will be those who're against progress. That doesn't mean the rest of us are against such developments. Businesses will come and go as shops, restaurants, coffee shops and whatever else open and then suffer a fate of expenditure being greater than income. That's sad but reflects the basic economics of business. The great thing about Marlow is that there continues to be entrepreneurs who give it a go and should be applauded and not decried by armchair whingers with chips on their shoulders about Marlow being a nice place. gpn01
  • Score: 5

10:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

gpn; The great thing about Marlow is that it has people like you who cannot read and understand and ultimately become a laughing stock for others providing ever needed entertainment. If you can spot anywhere in my comment that my armchair antics with thick cut deep fried chips on my shoulder, decried the businesses, then I promise never to ever comment anywhere on this website !
gpn; The great thing about Marlow is that it has people like you who cannot read and understand and ultimately become a laughing stock for others providing ever needed entertainment. If you can spot anywhere in my comment that my armchair antics with thick cut deep fried chips on my shoulder, decried the businesses, then I promise never to ever comment anywhere on this website ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: -1

11:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

laircm says...

Bartholomew HuckleBerry wrote:
Since when has Marlow ever agreed to anything in the recent years then ? Laircm; can you elaborate on even a single project that was accepted without Marlow snobs resisting to it ? I can "bash" them with credible reasons.. I will give you one of them... After Waitrose was granted trolley bays, the nimbys claimed that it will "blight" their lives because of the noise from people using those trolleys ! (Source: BFP Tuesday 27 August 2013). What farcical and pathetic things do these "jewels" of the town come out with? A supermarket needs those trolley for the convenience of Marlow shoppers, otherwise how else would they hold the 20/30 items in their hands ??? You people want all the conveniences but you do not want the by-products ! How many more decibels of sound will be produced to blight your precious lives? It is the trash coming out of the residents that produces more decibels, but unfortunately it is all hot air anyway.
Name me one town in the UK (of 17000 plus residents) where the entire population agrees completely with any one decision? Nimbys and bananas (Build Absolutely Nothing ANytime Anywhere) exist in every town, doesn't mean the majority agree with them.
[quote][p][bold]Bartholomew HuckleBerry[/bold] wrote: Since when has Marlow ever agreed to anything in the recent years then ? Laircm; can you elaborate on even a single project that was accepted without Marlow snobs resisting to it ? I can "bash" them with credible reasons.. I will give you one of them... After Waitrose was granted trolley bays, the nimbys claimed that it will "blight" their lives because of the noise from people using those trolleys ! (Source: BFP Tuesday 27 August 2013). What farcical and pathetic things do these "jewels" of the town come out with? A supermarket needs those trolley for the convenience of Marlow shoppers, otherwise how else would they hold the 20/30 items in their hands ??? You people want all the conveniences but you do not want the by-products ! How many more decibels of sound will be produced to blight your precious lives? It is the trash coming out of the residents that produces more decibels, but unfortunately it is all hot air anyway.[/p][/quote]Name me one town in the UK (of 17000 plus residents) where the entire population agrees completely with any one decision? Nimbys and bananas (Build Absolutely Nothing ANytime Anywhere) exist in every town, doesn't mean the majority agree with them. laircm
  • Score: 2

11:20am Sat 8 Mar 14

s6blr says...

The shop was an interesting place, BUT it was priced in such a way only a small segment of Marlow residents could afford 99% of the items in the store. So the 1% who have more money than sense or brains will find a place in Henley (etc..) to shop from and this overpriced store will close.

Oh well.
The shop was an interesting place, BUT it was priced in such a way only a small segment of Marlow residents could afford 99% of the items in the store. So the 1% who have more money than sense or brains will find a place in Henley (etc..) to shop from and this overpriced store will close. Oh well. s6blr
  • Score: 9

1:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

RobT says...

the reason this shop failed is that the products were overpriced and ultimately not all that good. we bought a few thing from there - christmas gifts etc but it was immediately obvious that it was never a a viable business. it was a nice business of 'yesteryear' and the shop looked pretty on the high street. but back in the real world it was a nonsense
the reason this shop failed is that the products were overpriced and ultimately not all that good. we bought a few thing from there - christmas gifts etc but it was immediately obvious that it was never a a viable business. it was a nice business of 'yesteryear' and the shop looked pretty on the high street. but back in the real world it was a nonsense RobT
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