The centre was set up initially as a BADA members-only collective and later diversified, inviting LAPADA members to take spaces. A total of 26 dealers passed through the shop since it opened.
“At times we were like one big happy family all working together, but we now feel the time is right to concentrate on us and simplify our business,” said Susan.
Lennox added: “Running an antiques centre has been a real learning curve. It has given Sue and I the opportunity to work with some great people within the fine art and antiques trade.”
Lennox Cato Antiques remains in the smaller shop adjoining the centre following a refurbishment. The pair will focus on growing their business.
A consolidation sale starts on February 1. John Robertson, who is among the most recent members of the collective, will take part in the sale. His stock is also available online.
Amherst Antiques will continue to offer Tunbridge Ware in Cato’s showroom.
Fellow departing dealer Brad Dover of Jupiter Antiques paid tribute to the galleries. He said that his business would not be seeking a replacement for the centre at this time “as galleries of that calibre are few and far between”. It will continue to trade through fairs and exhibitions.
He added: “The galleries attracted collectors from all over the world and we made many new customers as a result. We also became good friends with Lennox, Sue and the staff and that has not come to an end.”
This week, ATG showcases galleries opening and moving across the UK. See Dealers’ Diary.