A popular specialist greengrocer that has served the population of Durham City for two decades has closed suddenly. 

Robinson's Greengrocer, on Durham's North Road, has become well known for supplying the city with quality, special and exotic fruit and vegetables, as well as local produce like eggs, honey and baked goods. 

Having weathered the pandemic, the cost of living crisis, and the redevelopment of Durham Bus Station across the street, the shop closure has come as a shock to many. 

Sandra Robinson, owner of the popular greengrocers, announced that she would be shutting her specialist shop at the end of January. 

She said: "It is with great sadness and deep regret, that after 20 years of trading, we will be closing our lovely shop. 

"The last four years have been especially challenging, trying to survive as a business in Durham. 

"We want to thank all our loyal customers and supporters, who have continued to support the shop with us over those 20 years. I cannot thank you all personally but you know who you are. 

She also cited family illness, and the death of a colleague's husband, as reasons that made her realise "that the time has come to move on, whilst we can."

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Loyal customers have been left devastated by the decision to close. 

One said: "This is very sad - seeing the shop shut up has cast a shadow over my visits to Durham. I am at a bit of a loss as to where to find another greengrocer. Nothing can replace Robinson's, it was a special shop."

Another added: "This will be an absolutely enormous loss to the city and community. I don't know what we'll do without you. We fully support your decision and wish the best to you and your family for a happy and healthy future."