Bristol Ticket Shop has announced it has closed after more than 30 years in the city.
The business, most recently based on the High Street, had sold tickets for gigs, club nights and festivals since 1988.
But on January 9 (Thursday), the management revealed in a Facebook post that the institution had stopped trading.
A section of the letter reads: “All the staff here are devastated. We have loved working here.”
The reasons for the decision, according to the letter, are that the business is owed a “large amount” of money and its owner’s health has worsened.
The letter reads: “We recently received the news that a debtor owing a large amount of money was unlikely to be able to pay in a timely manner. This has caused us to cease trading.
“Two years ago the owner, Zoe, became very ill. Her health has since deteriorated further, and this has also had a large impact on the resilience of the business and the decision to close.”
According to the Bristol Ticket Shop website, the venture started out as a concession in Virgin, followed by Ourprice.
It then moved back and forth between the Galleries and the Arcade, until setting up on the High Street.
“The list of incredible events we have supplied tickets for is overwhelming,” states the closure letter.
“There are so many regular customers, old and new, that we have really enjoyed talking to over the years and will miss you all dearly.”
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The letter continues: “We are working hard to make sure there is as little impact to the customer as possible and are instructing a third party to negotiate with promoters with the aim to honour your tickets for future events.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their loyal custom over the years. It’s been a pleasure to be part of this amazing community for so long.”
Music fans have been reacting to the news on the Bristol Ticket Shop Facebook page, with several remarking on the “sad news”.
Among the events which have been served by the shop are Glastonbury Festival and Bristol’s biggest Pride celebration.
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