A popular North East coffee house has closed its doors after saying the shop had become ‘simply unsustainable.’

Rounton Coffee Houses announced the closure of its shop on Leven Road in Norton, Stockton, on Tuesday (June 4).

The owners said they had not taken the decision lightly, adding it was the “right thing to do.”

They thanked customers who have supported them over the last three years – and said they are confident they are “better to do less to be able to do more.”

The owners said they are working with a “really great operator” to bring something “new” to the town.

A spokesperson for Rounton Coffee Houses said: “It is with sincere regret that we announce Monday, June 3, 2024 was our last day of trading.

“This is genuinely a difficult decision that we have had to make and one that has not been taken lightly, but we know deep down that it is the right thing to do.

“As a business, we are sometimes guilty of overstretching ourselves, and after 10 years of business, we are confident enough to say that we are better to do less to be able to do more.

“We recognise that running a coffee shop as well as managing a growing coffee roastery business is simply unsustainable for us at the moment.

“The good news is that you will not have to wait too long for the shop to be re-occupied.

“Behind the scenes, we are working with a really great operator to be able to bring something new and refreshing to Norton, so please watch this space.

“In the meantime, we would like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to the business over the past three years.

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“A huge thank you to all the staff who came with us on this journey, our fantastic suppliers, and of course the wonderful people of Norton and the surrounding areas who have supported the business since we opened.

“Stay tuned for more information which will be coming soon.”

The Northern Echo have contacted Rounton Coffee Houses for more information on the closure.