New Look has recently announced its plans to close 60 of its stores across the UK, one being the Whitefriargate store in the city centre writes Fallon Flanagan.
The high-street retailer is cutting 1,000 jobs within its chain in hopes to “repay its debts”. The closure of the city centre store has been put down to a chain of poor trading years.
The St Stephens store is remaining open as the footfall to the shopping centre is greater, a poll on twitter also shows that a higher percentage of the people in Hull prefered to shop at the St Stephens store.
Do you prefer the New Look in St Stephens or Whitefriargate?
— Fal ? (@_FallonRachelle) March 9, 2018
However, many people are displeased at the closing of the store.
Maicy Rawlings, 21 from Hull said the Whitefriargate store is her favourite as the St Stephens one “always looks like a jumble sale”. Speaking on the closing she said “it always gets the better stock than then St Stephens one so I prefer going to it” but “it’s understandable because they’ve lowered their quality but pushed up their prices”.
Allistair McGeorge, of New Look, spoke on the closing of the stores to Hull Daily Mail saying:
“Given our challenged trading performance and over-rented UK store estate, we are having to take tough but necessary actions to reduce our fixed cost base and restore long-term profitability.
The closing date of the Whitefriargate store is unknown as of now and the store is still open as usual Monday to Sunday.