Chinese restaurant closes in Rugby town centre

River Avon Chinese Restaurant, Henry Street, is set to close.
River Avon Chinese Restaurant, Henry Street, is set to close.

A Chinese restaurant in Rugby town centre was due to close yesterday (Wednesday), while another shop in the Clock Towers has also shut its doors.

The River Avon Chinese Restaurant in Henry Street was due to close the restaurant following New Year’s Eve celebration.

An ‘important notice’ in the window of the restaurant said: “Unfortunately we have decided to close down River Avon Chinese Restaurant, Rugby.

“We will be closing our restaurant here on the 1st January 2014 due to management decision.

“We would like to thank you all for coming and dining with us over the past years.”

The Works in the Clock Towers Shopping Centre also closed on the Friday before Christmas.

In September The Works, which sells books, games, art and craft supplies, operated a break clause in its lease within the shopping centre - meaning it could close the store at short notice.

Shortly afterwards closing down signs were put up in the window but bosses at the Clock Towers said negotiations were continuing.

A few weeks ago the closing down signs were replaced by signs saying the shop would remain open.

However the week before Christmas it was finally decided that the store would close.

Tony Spencer, manager of the Clock Towers, said: “We were negotiating but they decided not to go ahead with it.

“The town could really so with not losing them.”

The unit is currently empty.

New business Outlandish Gaming Lounge and Cafe in Regent Street announced via its Facebook in December that it would be closing within 30 days.

Just days later there was another announcement saying it would not be closing but a solution to ‘high business rates’ need to be found.