WILKO will be the latest in a long list of high street shops that will have closed at Hereford's Maylord Shopping Centre. 

The retailer, which specialises in homewares and household goods, will shut its doors next Thursday (September 21) after adminstrators PwC failed to secure a deal from any suitor to buy the business. 

Wilko currently takes up a large portion of the city shopping centre, which has been mooted as a potential site for the city's library to move to.


However, with Herefordshire Council reviewing its options as to where the library will be relocated to, it means that a lot of Maylords will be left empty. 

The shopping centre used to be a hive of activity, housing names such as C&A, Topshop and Mothercare. However, one by one they have all gone. Below are just some of the shops that have closed at Maylords over the years. 

Closed shops

  • C&A - popular clothes shop that closed in 1999.
  • Our Price - music shop that closed in 2004. 
  • Index - catalogue shop that was owned by Littlewoods. Closed in 2005.
  • Dolcis - shoe shop that went into adminstration in 2008.
  • Principles - clothes shop that went in 2009.
  • Adams - children's shop that closed in 2010.
  • Jessops - camera shop that closed in 2012.
  • Tie Rack - closed in 2013.
  • Mothercare - another children's shop that closed in 2015.
  • Topshop/Topman - clothes shop that went in 2015.
  • Cult Vintage - moved into the former Topshop site, but closed in March 2023.
  • Hawkin's Bazaar - toys and gift chain collapsed in 2020.
  • Laura Ashley - clothes shop that shut in 2020. Replaced by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity shop in July 2023.
  • Handmade in Hereford - closed in April 2023 'to make way for the new library'

Shops that have relocated in the city include Next, Argos and Sports Direct, while Enchanted Kingdom closed its Maylords site before opening up Enchanted Cafe in Broad Street. However, that too closed.

Next and Argos also used to be based in Maylords before relocating to the Old Market and Sainsbury's respectively.

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Meanwhile, popular cafe's have included Intermissions and Delight, Coffee and Muffins (previously BB's Coffee and Muffins). 

 The latter was replaced by the Life & Soul Kitchen, before that too closed. However, it is soon to be replaced by Pre, a cafe/bar that will be run by the Wobbly Taphouse team.

The only other firms remaining inside the shopping centre are Active Fitness and Poundland, whose main entrance is in Maylord Street. 

Just outside is Job Centre Plus, next to where Sports Direct used to be, with Hereford Barbers further along. However, there are still empty units nearby. 

More prominent places along Maylord Street towards Widemarsh Street include Card Factory and Specsavers.