Two High Street retailers to shut

PUBLISHED: 20:00 03 December 2010

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TWO popular High Street chains are set to close their doors in Weston in the coming months – with one shop likely to go before Christmas.

The Mercury has learnt that Next will vacate its current town centre premises in the spring, leaving just its one store in the resort in Winterstoke Road.

Meanwhile Burton menswear is in the process of being merged into the Dorothy Perkins store in the High Street and is set to leave its current shop empty in the run-up to Christmas.

Town centre manager Steve Townsend this week confirmed the moves and said that retailer Mountain Warehouse, which formerly had a shop in the Sovereign Shopping Centre, is looking to occupy the current High Street Next store.

The Mercury understands the popular national retailer could vacate the prime site as early as February and make way for the outdoor clothing specialist to take its place.

Mountain Warehouse moved out of the Weston shopping centre in October and HMV took its place.

A Next spokesman said: “I can confirm that the store is planned to close, although at this point we don’t have a specific date.

“We are hoping that this will take place in early spring 2011.

“Staff are aware of the situation and we will be making every effort to transfer them to other stores in the area.”

The Burtons store, which the Mercury understands has been available for lease for two years, is run by Arcadia, the same company that owns Dorothy Perkins, as well as Top Shop in Weston.

Mr Townsend said: “The situation with Burtons is that 300 stores nationally are merging.

“I can’t think that the empty shop will be available for long in that position.”

The Mercury attempted to contact Arcadia, but did not receive a response by the time it went to press.

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