'The end for a local institution': Craft alcohol store Beer Ritz closes in Headingley

The longest-established online bottled beer shop in the UK has closed its doors in Leeds, it was announced today.

By Daniel Sheridan
Monday, 20th July 2020, 1:03 pm
Updated Monday, 20th July 2020, 1:06 pm

Beer Ritz, in Headingley, confirmed the news announced on social media to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The popular store sold a huge range of beers from all over the world, from the best of traditional and contemporary British brewing – Verdant, Arbor Ales, Wild Beer Co, Cloudwater, The Kernel, Tiny Rebel, Northern Monk, Magic Rock, Mallinsons, Sam Smiths, Buxton, to Belgian classics like Orval, Westmalle, Chimay and Duvel.

However, the shop has now been closed - with only the mail order service being available.

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Beer Ritz

Beer Ritz told the Yorkshire Evening Post that rising costs and falling revenue were factors in the closure.

They said: "We're really sorry to have to close the shop, but it's the old story - rising costs, falling revenue, and very tough trading conditions.

"As we've said on social media, we are grateful for the support we have received over the last two decades from our customers and hard working staff, but this is sadly the end for a local institution."

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