Global clothing giant H&M closes two Southend stores, leaving premises empty

Echo: Clothes giant pulls out of two stores Clothes giant pulls out of two stores

CLOTHING giant H&M has shut two of its Southend branches as it scales back its presence in the town.

The fashion chain has shut the branch at the top of the High Street and its shop in the Royals shopping centre.

It still has a store in the former Woolworths shop, also in the High Street, which opened last year, but concerns have been raised about the two highprofile empty stores left behind.

H&M has not said how many staff, if any, would be made redundant by the closures.

A spokesman for the chain said: “The decision to close the two existing stores has been taken as part of our wider strategy and prior to the opening of H&M, at 29-35 High Street, Southend, last year.”

H&M signed a 15-year lease on its remaining store in 2012, at a cost of about £175,000 a year.

When announcing the opening of the 2,352 sq m premises, a spokesman said they had no plans to close either of the older stores.

Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District, said the loss of the stores was a blow.

He said: “It is a shame to lose any store from the High Street.

"It is not good to see any store closing or any premises empty.

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“But I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.”

The Royals is currently up for sale, so the closure of H&M adds more uncertainty to its future.

A spokesman for the shopping centre said: “We very much enjoyed having it within the centre and look forward to being able to announce a new retailer in due course.”

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8:19am Tue 24 Dec 13

the citizen says...

Not surprised...how could any clothing retailer think they could carry 3 stores in one street? I think they were always going to close stores after they got the Woolworths site. It saves on rates on the other 2 shops but keep a large presence in a big store. There are only so many clothing retailers a town needs. Probably banked on poor students too much. Even George couldn't make a go of it. More challenges for the Hight Street ahead.
Not surprised...how could any clothing retailer think they could carry 3 stores in one street? I think they were always going to close stores after they got the Woolworths site. It saves on rates on the other 2 shops but keep a large presence in a big store. There are only so many clothing retailers a town needs. Probably banked on poor students too much. Even George couldn't make a go of it. More challenges for the Hight Street ahead. the citizen

8:29am Tue 24 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Not sure what they where thinking when the thought they could handle so many stores in the same area in Southend High St, so no surprise that they are closing.
Not sure what they where thinking when the thought they could handle so many stores in the same area in Southend High St, so no surprise that they are closing. DogsMessInLeigh

8:56am Tue 24 Dec 13

Keptquiettillnow says...

Maybe they got a good deal on the rates.
Maybe they got a good deal on the rates. Keptquiettillnow

9:14am Tue 24 Dec 13

LoopyLou88 says...

didn't need 3 in the first place for once I am glad to see two shops shutting.
didn't need 3 in the first place for once I am glad to see two shops shutting. LoopyLou88

9:15am Tue 24 Dec 13

LoopyLou88 says...

They should put a forever21 in place oh the money they would make, or a GAP or why not just make it another coffee shop coz we really need another coffee shop, we need a coffee shop like we need a hole in the head.
They should put a forever21 in place oh the money they would make, or a GAP or why not just make it another coffee shop coz we really need another coffee shop, we need a coffee shop like we need a hole in the head. LoopyLou88

9:20am Tue 24 Dec 13

BIRLIS says...

So, does that mean that staff in the older stores lost their jobs after new staff came in for the newest shop? If so, that seems a little unfair.

Of course, I am just guessing...
So, does that mean that staff in the older stores lost their jobs after new staff came in for the newest shop? If so, that seems a little unfair. Of course, I am just guessing... BIRLIS

10:00am Tue 24 Dec 13

fletch12107 says...

Open two more betting shops.
Open two more betting shops. fletch12107

2:46pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Joe Clark says...

Saw about the High Street one a couple of weeks ago and the High Street one days before it was published in the Echo thanks to the power of social media.

It's a shame to see two large stores empty and the possibility of job losses.

I know it's not going to happen but it would be nice to have something like House of Fraser in Southend.
Saw about the High Street one a couple of weeks ago and the High Street one days before it was published in the Echo thanks to the power of social media. It's a shame to see two large stores empty and the possibility of job losses. I know it's not going to happen but it would be nice to have something like House of Fraser in Southend. Joe Clark

3:04pm Tue 24 Dec 13

emcee says...

Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.”
-
Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.
Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.” - Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn. emcee

4:08pm Tue 24 Dec 13

jantone says...

What a blow for our high street!! I really cannot see these 2 massive units ever be taken.It's a very bad advert for the town, but there really is no solution.
What a blow for our high street!! I really cannot see these 2 massive units ever be taken.It's a very bad advert for the town, but there really is no solution. jantone

6:56pm Tue 24 Dec 13

tricklesthegreek says...

We could do with an Office, Schuh, All Saints, Forever 21...but I will put money on it being one of those cr@ppy mobile phone shops yet again. They are such huge units though I don't think even if Southend was financially viable that they would want to go in there.
We could do with an Office, Schuh, All Saints, Forever 21...but I will put money on it being one of those cr@ppy mobile phone shops yet again. They are such huge units though I don't think even if Southend was financially viable that they would want to go in there. tricklesthegreek

11:30pm Tue 24 Dec 13

heartbeat says...

emcee wrote:
Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.”
-
Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.
For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.” - Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.[/p][/quote]For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me. heartbeat

12:35am Wed 25 Dec 13

ddf35 says...

So their selection is now greatly reduced? each of the stores seemed to concentrate on a particular line of H&M stuff - do they have an extra floor now? other wise the large childrens section (whole floor in the royals) - the more formal wear & maternity(bottom floor of royals) and the more 'divided' range of H&M of the top end of the high street - that's all going to be condensed into one store?

that's pretty rubbish if so - because the stores didnt stock the widest range possible as it was - i had to order something on line as the store didnt stock it and always have TERRIBLE service from the online store. does this mean if i want the full h&m selection i have to go elsewhere than southend? Parking charges dont worry me as i walk into town or go on a sunday when parking is always free at victoria - but pretty rubbish ive they've just ditched their full range...
So their selection is now greatly reduced? each of the stores seemed to concentrate on a particular line of H&M stuff - do they have an extra floor now? other wise the large childrens section (whole floor in the royals) - the more formal wear & maternity(bottom floor of royals) and the more 'divided' range of H&M of the top end of the high street - that's all going to be condensed into one store? that's pretty rubbish if so - because the stores didnt stock the widest range possible as it was - i had to order something on line as the store didnt stock it and always have TERRIBLE service from the online store. does this mean if i want the full h&m selection i have to go elsewhere than southend? Parking charges dont worry me as i walk into town or go on a sunday when parking is always free at victoria - but pretty rubbish ive they've just ditched their full range... ddf35

12:08pm Wed 25 Dec 13

serial thief says...

heartbeat wrote:
emcee wrote:
Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.”
-
Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.
For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.
There's no logic in your statement. You feel ripped off paying a couple quid parking, and refuse to pay that small fee, but if it was free you would spend alot of money in shops, which is also a rip off. Hmmm..

Anyway I don't ever pay for parking, if I get a ticket I just simply don't pay it. Im not wishing to enter into a contract with a parking company or council. And also I save myself alot of money by doing stuff like shoplifting etc. Welcome to my world.
[quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.” - Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.[/p][/quote]For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.[/p][/quote]There's no logic in your statement. You feel ripped off paying a couple quid parking, and refuse to pay that small fee, but if it was free you would spend alot of money in shops, which is also a rip off. Hmmm.. Anyway I don't ever pay for parking, if I get a ticket I just simply don't pay it. Im not wishing to enter into a contract with a parking company or council. And also I save myself alot of money by doing stuff like shoplifting etc. Welcome to my world. serial thief

5:25pm Wed 25 Dec 13

CaptainBlackadder says...

heartbeat wrote:
emcee wrote:
Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.”
-
Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.
For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.
Don't like paying for parking,don't like walking,don't like the possible dodgy areas,don't like the weather,don't like cost of petrol.......full of the joys of the season aren't you?!
[quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.” - Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.[/p][/quote]For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.[/p][/quote]Don't like paying for parking,don't like walking,don't like the possible dodgy areas,don't like the weather,don't like cost of petrol.......full of the joys of the season aren't you?! CaptainBlackadder

7:04pm Wed 25 Dec 13

rhowes says...

We have 10 rail stations and buses, so do not see parking is an issue.

Better-off locals prefer the shops in Chelmsford or Colchester. Retailers should open when people are off from work. 6am to 10am, and 4pm to 9pm..
Then the staff could support local pubs and get a decent lunch.
We have 10 rail stations and buses, so do not see parking is an issue. Better-off locals prefer the shops in Chelmsford or Colchester. Retailers should open when people are off from work. 6am to 10am, and 4pm to 9pm.. Then the staff could support local pubs and get a decent lunch. rhowes

10:45am Thu 26 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Gave false hope to the employees but how any retailer worth its salt can have 3 high profile shops open in one town, especially the two at the bottom end of the High Street and expect to make a profit with the high rents. A shame for the Royals, its doesnt sit good when stores start closing. Hope the staff find other jobs
Gave false hope to the employees but how any retailer worth its salt can have 3 high profile shops open in one town, especially the two at the bottom end of the High Street and expect to make a profit with the high rents. A shame for the Royals, its doesnt sit good when stores start closing. Hope the staff find other jobs CHRISTMAS CAROL

10:00am Fri 27 Dec 13

_Lotus_ says...

heartbeat wrote:
emcee wrote:
Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.”
-
Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.
For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.
Give over, Southend is not that bad by any stretch LOL!!!

Is there anything you actually enjoy? Ever?

Which walking areas are you saying are not safe, just out of curiosity?
[quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.” - Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.[/p][/quote]For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.[/p][/quote]Give over, Southend is not that bad by any stretch LOL!!! Is there anything you actually enjoy? Ever? Which walking areas are you saying are not safe, just out of curiosity? _Lotus_

6:17pm Fri 27 Dec 13

jantone says...

I see all the small minded people are writing their usual sarcastic remarks.Southend is a very good & thriving high street, just witness the crowds in the past few weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!
The main problem is that so many big companies are going bankrupt, that they cannot risk expanding into high streets, but they will only open up in out of town centers. you will not find one empty shop in Westfield, Stratford. This proves that major retailers will only back a guaranteed winner to expand in!!
I see all the small minded people are writing their usual sarcastic remarks.Southend is a very good & thriving high street, just witness the crowds in the past few weeks!!!!!!!!!!!! The main problem is that so many big companies are going bankrupt, that they cannot risk expanding into high streets, but they will only open up in out of town centers. you will not find one empty shop in Westfield, Stratford. This proves that major retailers will only back a guaranteed winner to expand in!! jantone

8:24am Sat 28 Dec 13

Bigmama1 says...

I knew this would happen! 3 shops in the High Street! Who planned that I wonder? Somebody should loose their job for that decision but of course it will only be the poor shop assistants who go. Disgusting shop planning. If they wanted to cut back they should have transferred the staff from one of the other shops into the new one in the old woolworths site. Then they should have closed one of the older shops. Maybe that was too sensible though? I do hope that they didn't employ new staff and then made the other staff redundant? I will never shop at H & M again if this is the case.
I knew this would happen! 3 shops in the High Street! Who planned that I wonder? Somebody should loose their job for that decision but of course it will only be the poor shop assistants who go. Disgusting shop planning. If they wanted to cut back they should have transferred the staff from one of the other shops into the new one in the old woolworths site. Then they should have closed one of the older shops. Maybe that was too sensible though? I do hope that they didn't employ new staff and then made the other staff redundant? I will never shop at H & M again if this is the case. Bigmama1

11:07am Sun 29 Dec 13

gary 51 says...

Let's be honest the council in this borough have had no vision for the last 40 years, they are inept of any ideas for the town so as a cheap trick as said above turn the shops into fast food outlets, hairdressers or another pound shop!
Let's be honest the council in this borough have had no vision for the last 40 years, they are inept of any ideas for the town so as a cheap trick as said above turn the shops into fast food outlets, hairdressers or another pound shop! gary 51

12:30pm Sun 29 Dec 13

jantone says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
heartbeat wrote:
emcee wrote:
Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.”
-
Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.
For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.
Give over, Southend is not that bad by any stretch LOL!!!

Is there anything you actually enjoy? Ever?

Which walking areas are you saying are not safe, just out of curiosity?
Surely it must cost much more in petrol than paying for a parking space!!
i agree that Lakeside has many more shops to offer than southend, but their expenses are gigantic, so they have to offer free parking just to get the shoppers to go there!! It's not THAT difficult to work that out, all you negative people!!
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote Denis Baldry, director of the Southend Business Improvement District: "The loss of the stores was a blow... I would be hopeful both stores would be filled soon and we can bring new businesses to the High Street.” - Yeah, right. Until the council and the landlords pull their finger out and start making High Street shopping worthwhile for both businesses and shoppers then the High Street is going to die. In fact, it's knocking at deaths door right now but nobody with the power to do anything about it really gives a d*mn.[/p][/quote]For me and most people I know these days it's all down to the cost of parking.... I would spend a lot more money in Southend High Street if parking was free or minimal charge. I feel ripped off with the charges being what they are though, so only ever go to Southend to shop if I have to, and then park as far away as necessary to park for free then walk. Wouldnt want to do that very often, particularly as some of the walking areas don't feel safe, not to mention when it's raining etc. Petrol puts me off driving to Lakeside or Basildon very often these days too, so I end up buying from the internet. Out of choice I'd go to Southend High Street for a mooch and a bit of fresh air, but not for the parking prices charged, sorry, it's a no from me.[/p][/quote]Give over, Southend is not that bad by any stretch LOL!!! Is there anything you actually enjoy? Ever? Which walking areas are you saying are not safe, just out of curiosity?[/p][/quote]Surely it must cost much more in petrol than paying for a parking space!! i agree that Lakeside has many more shops to offer than southend, but their expenses are gigantic, so they have to offer free parking just to get the shoppers to go there!! It's not THAT difficult to work that out, all you negative people!! jantone

12:31pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Letmetryagain says...

On a similar line

I wonder how many saw the TV documentary about TK Max ?

How their fantastic bargains, don't actually exist.

Clever marketing though.
On a similar line I wonder how many saw the TV documentary about TK Max ? How their fantastic bargains, don't actually exist. Clever marketing though. Letmetryagain

12:58am Sat 4 Jan 14

southendfanman says...

The high street is dead. It has nothing different to offer from 1000 other high streets and it costs to park.
The high street is dead. It has nothing different to offer from 1000 other high streets and it costs to park. southendfanman

4:03pm Sun 5 Jan 14

teclis says...

On Floor space alone the old Woollies store has more square footage, ergo it makes perfect sense, once you've spent a fortune doing up the old Woolworths (including the exorbitant cost of removing the asbestos it was riddled with) to shut the other two down and put everything in one store. Why pay extortionate rent and rates on three high street shops when you can do that with one?
On Floor space alone the old Woollies store has more square footage, ergo it makes perfect sense, once you've spent a fortune doing up the old Woolworths (including the exorbitant cost of removing the asbestos it was riddled with) to shut the other two down and put everything in one store. Why pay extortionate rent and rates on three high street shops when you can do that with one? teclis

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