Corks Out founder expresses sadness as Chester store shuts

Corks Out founder Ruth Yates has expressed her sadness at the news that its Chester store has closed down.

Yates set up the popular wine merchant in 2003 with her husband, Richard, but they both left the business in September 2018.

Singapore-based Frederick Wood is now general manager at Corks Out and his son Richard is a director.

Its Chester store, located in one of the city's oldest buildings on Watergate Street, has been shut for a week and staff at the Stockton Heath branch confirmed it has closed.

“I can’t say how sad I am to see this happen,” said Yates. “After building a business from scratch over 15 years ago, creating a national brand with a wonderful, supportive team behind me in every store, fantastic support from almost 100 suppliers along the way, thousands of loyal customers who not only came in for their favourite bottle, but an opportunity to discover wine beyond their comfort zone.

“Customers who welcomed the specialist advice from my knowledgeable team and stayed for chat to find out more about the world of wine.

“It has been sad not to be have been part of Corks Out for over a year now, not being able to drive it forward, be innovative, create trends and develop a great team. I have only watched with sadness for the past year.”