AN Andover takeaway has been forced to shut after soaring costs and poor footfall meant that it was earning less than £50 a day. 

Camara's Fish And Chips, based at 99 High Street, closed in December 2023 after after 16 years of business. 

The Fish and Chip shop was opened in 2007 by Armando Camaras, who also owns Camara's Café, which will remain open. 

Armando said that rising rent, the cost of utilities such as electricity and water, and a fall in customers had driven him to the decision to close the fish and chip shop.

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He said: "In December I was opening the shop and some days I was only making £40 or £50, and that wasn't even covering the cost of the electricity.

"The town centre has become a lot quieter since the pandemic. With that, and the rising costs of running the fish and chip shop, I have had to make the hard decision to close Camara's Fish and Chips. 

"I had tried to reduce the rent price with the landlord but we couldn't come to an agreement, so I've handed back over the keys. 

"I'm planning on keeping the cafe open for the time being, and we'll see how things go in 2024."