Southport store to close following the collapse of the BHS chain
The Chapel Street store is set to close its doors for the last time today (July 23), after nearly a quarter of century of trading. Fifty staff members are preparing for the final day of business before the fixtures and fittings are sold off.
Southport MP John Pugh had said that the loss of BHS would leave a “big hole” in the town.
Cllr David Barton said: “It’s always a sad day when a major national retailer closes its doors, but this just goes to show the importance of the rejuvenation and regeneration work that Sefton Council are actively pursuing in the town centre to make it an attractive and vibrant destination for shoppers.
Southport has lots of unique things to offer and we need to make sure we both preserve them and make the most of them.”
Other businesses that have closed down on Lord Street and never reopened include:
Despite more bad news for the Lord Street Andrew Sloman(BID manager) said: “For the first time in several years there has been a net gain in new businesses opening and an annual increase of 3% in footfall; the national footfall rate continues to fall and the North of England average is in steep decline at -2.5%”.
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