Recession strikes again as JJB Sports, Early Learning Centre and Hereford Bazaar close down (From Hereford Times)
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Recession strikes again as JJB Sports, Early Learning Centre and Hereford Bazaar close down
Three Hereford shops have closed their doors in just over a week.
Hereford Bazaar indoor market at the former Manhattans nightclub was closed last week with owner Andrew Catley blaming an increase in business rates.
The Early Learning Centre in High Town shut on September 24 in line with owner Mothercare's plans to downsize and JJB Sports in Commercial Street closed with little warning on Monday after the national chain went into administration.
“If the big stores can’t make it on the High Street, I don’t know how the independents can,” said Mr Catley, who opened the indoor market and Cafe Fran less than a year ago.
“It was a slower burner and I didn’t know if it was ever going to work. Maybe it would have worked if we weren’t in this recession.
“All I know is that it’s very hard for everyone at the moment.”
The former Manhattans building is now on the market for £220,000 through Turner and Company.
“Maybe someone will come along and make it a successful pub,” said Mr Catley, “or maybe it will be turned into a dental surgery.”
Manhattans was a nightclub for 18 years before it closed due to dropping customer numbers in October last year.
Early Learning Centre closed "in line with plan"
The past week has also seen the closure of Hereford's Early Learning Centre.
Mothercare, which bought the ELC in 2007, revealed back in May it would be closing 75 stores over the next three years.
This week, a spokesman for firm said: “We can confirm that the Early Learning Centre store in Hereford closed on Monday September 24.
“The closure of this store is in line with our current portfolio plan.”
JJB Sports shut with little warning
Hereford’s JJB Sports was one of 113 sports stores to close on Monday just hours after administrators KPMG were called in.
The administrators have sold 20 JJB stores to rival Sports Direct International, along with the brand and much of the company’s stock, but could not sell the others, leaving 2,200 people out of work.
In Hereford, eight members of staff have lost their jobs.