Beloved Sun Rise Chinese Takeaway to Close After 40 Years of Service to New Ash Green Community

After serving the New Ash Green community for nearly four decades, Sun Rise Chinese Takeaway is shutting its doors due to increasing costs.

The Lee family, who have owned and operated Sun Rise for 40 years, have made the difficult decision to close the popular takeaway due to rising overheads and financial pressures.

Owner Shun Man Lee expressed his sadness over the closure, stating, “We have been here a long time but it is time to call it quits. Ever since Covid, the prices of everything have gone up. We have raised our prices but it is becoming more taxing to the customers.”

The 56-year-old explained that the cost of ingredients has nearly doubled in recent years, with gas and electric prices also increasing by 30%. This has made it difficult to maintain affordable prices for customers.

With their lease coming to an end and the possibility of increased rent, the Lee family has made the difficult decision to close their business for good on June 3.

Mr. Lee expressed his gratitude to the community for their support over the years, saying, “Thank you to all our customers and their support past and present. They are the whole reason that it has thrived.”

The family-run business was originally opened by Mr. Lee’s parents in 1986, with a menu featuring dishes such as boiled rice for 90p and sweet and sour chicken for £1.95. However, in recent years, these prices have increased significantly, making it difficult for the business to remain profitable.

Despite the closure, the Lee family is touched by the outpouring of support from the community. They plan to take a break and explore other opportunities, but will still remain a part of the community.

While villagers are sad to see Sun Rise close its doors, they understand the challenges that small businesses face in today’s economy. The future of the shopping center space is unknown, but the community is grateful for the years of delicious food and friendly service provided by Sun Rise Chinese Takeaway.

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