Award-winning Sheffield shop explains why it made the 'difficult' decision to close

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An award-winning deli in Sheffield has explained why they will be closing their doors after six years in business.

Urban Pantry opened its doors in Crookes in 2012 and has become famous for selling fresh, locally produced products.

Urban Pantry

Urban Pantry

The deli was not just loved by the locals of Crookes; in 2014 the Observer Food Monthly Awards awarded it the 'Best Independent Retailer'.

However, in an emotional post of Facebook, Urban Pantry explained that it would be closing its doors due to 'challenging' industry conditions.

The post read: "It is with deep regret that we announce the closure of Urban Pantry. This has been an incredibly difficult and emotional decision and one we haven’t taken lightly. This past week we have been busy working to find the right path through this, consulting with staff, suppliers and business advisers.

"The retail industry is very challenging, and it is hard for small businesses to survive. These six years have been tough, but it’s also been a pleasure and an honour to be part of the Crookes community and the wider Sheffield food network.

"We are hugely grateful to all our supporters, we couldn’t have made it this far without you. Our amazing staff, family, brilliant suppliers and incredibly loyal customers. You’ve all been like an extended family to us and we will miss you."

The deli was opened and owned by Reece Lippolis after making a complete career change from construction management.

Customers were quick to share their disappointment at the news that the deli would be closing its doors.

Jenny Lippolis posted: "Reece and Grace it was heartwarming to see the depth of feeling Crookes community have for you and Urban Pantry.

"Your mum and I have nothing but praise for everything you have achieved. The past six years have been an absolute joy for us to be part of.We couldn't be more proud of you both xx."

Chris Beech posted: "So sorry that you have gone. You were one of the most loved small independent businesses in Sheffield.

"We are also finding it harder and harder to get customers to snub the supermarket and shop local. Small businesses need custom all the time, not just at Christmas. Wishing you both all the best for the future."

Helen Thompson said: "So very sorry to hear this - for you both especially, as you've put so much of yourselves into the business.

"Also sad for us, as we need Urban Pantry in Crookes! You've also been a key part of helping us make Crookes street market such a success, full of great ideas and very supportive, and we've appreciated that."