Another major fashion retailer New Look is to close its store in Parliament Street.
As you walk down Parliament Street the signs announcing ‘Clearance’ and ‘Everything must go’ cannot be missed from the store’s windows.
It has been said that the store will close its doors on the 11th of April leaving staff jobless. However many are hoping to relocate to York’s other stores in Blake street and at Monks Cross shopping park in York’s outskirts.
New Look have announced to it’s followers on social media that the store will be closing.
History of New Look:
New Look was first established in 1969 and soon became a well established fashion retailer. Going on to open over 1000 stores selling a variety of products including; women’s wear, menswear, teens wear and an inspire and maternity range.
Fast forward to 2018 and New Look announced that it planned to close 60 UK stores and cut jobs after a restructuring plan to make the chain profitable.
It seems as though 2 years after the initial store closures New Look is still struggling and will continue to close more stores.
The continuing store closures are becoming worrying to local residents as fears raise about more store closures and a decline in tourism.
Phil Pinder, chairman of York Retail Forum argued that;
“I would argue York’s retail sector it’s not failing. It’s just a very uneven playing field,”
“We need to sort out our shops, and consider the longer consequences of shopping online”.
The closure of New Look brings the number of shop closures to an all time high as shops including; Debenhams department store in Davygate and Dorothy Perkins/Burtons in Coney Street close as well as many more.