'Britain's rudest shop' in Lymington closes for the final time

Daily Echo: Terry Palfrey and Geoff Kemp outside their shop. Terry Palfrey and Geoff Kemp outside their shop.

It was dubbed Britain’s rudest shop – by the two men who ran it.

Terry Palfrey and Geoff Kemp were famous for their abrasive attitude towards customers who rubbed them up the wrong way.

Pushy punters were likely to receive a verbal volley before being told in no uncertain terms to leave the premises.

Now the Palfrey & Kemp homeware store in St Thomas Street, Lymington, has closed after 170 years with one final insult to shoppers.

A cheeky sign in the front window says: “**** off! We’re CLOSED.”

The empty shop is about to be converted into a Wetherspoon’s pub. The controversial scheme was approved last year, despite 900 objections from people who feared the venue would become a magnet for rowdy drinkers.

Palfrey & Kemp announced its demise with huge signs saying: “Britain’s rudest shop is closing down.”

As reported in the Daily Echo, Mr Palfrey’s pet hates included people rummaging in the linen and leaving finger marks on the cutlery.

But loyal customers spoke of their sadness at losing the popular store. Dennis Skillicorn jokingly described it as the “only place you can get a kicking and enjoy it”.

Town councillor Ted Jearrad added: “If you go in there, you know you’re going to get a bit of banter.”

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12:12pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

What was the original reason for the business closing?

Was it lack of customers?

Just asking.
What was the original reason for the business closing? Was it lack of customers? Just asking. Hampshire Corn and Bread

12:48pm Thu 28 Jun 12

S023 says...

These 2 are as about as funny as those 2 old blokes off the Muppet Show.

Good riddance, and bring on reasonably priced beer from W'spoons!
These 2 are as about as funny as those 2 old blokes off the Muppet Show. Good riddance, and bring on reasonably priced beer from W'spoons! S023

1:21pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Derek_Smalls says...

Hinge & Bracket.
Hinge & Bracket. Derek_Smalls

1:37pm Thu 28 Jun 12

bigfella777 says...

They look like a couple of chimps.
They look like a couple of chimps. bigfella777

11:19pm Thu 28 Jun 12

andysaints007 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
They look like a couple of chimps.
More like a couple of chumps !!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: They look like a couple of chimps.[/p][/quote]More like a couple of chumps !! andysaints007

11:20pm Thu 28 Jun 12

andysaints007 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
They look like a couple of chimps.
More like a couple of chumps !!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: They look like a couple of chimps.[/p][/quote]More like a couple of chumps !! andysaints007

9:49am Fri 29 Jun 12

Derek_Smalls says...

That reminds me! I lent a COUPLE OF TOOLS to a friend; must get them back.
That reminds me! I lent a COUPLE OF TOOLS to a friend; must get them back. Derek_Smalls

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