A BARGAIN shoe chain is to shut another store amidst a wave of store closures and it’s left shoppers shocked.
The popular retailer is to close its high street branch in Inverness, a date has not yet been confirmed by staff told local media the store will close for good in late June.
Closing down sale signs went up in the store earlier this week.
The chain’s nearest store after the closure will be in Peterhead and shoppers will face a three-hour drive to reach it.
The Sun has reached out to Shoezone for a confirmed store closure date and will update this story.
Locals took to Facebook to share their disappointment at hearing the news.
One user said: “God another long-time shop closing.”
Another said: “Very sad. Great prices plus they were pet-friendly.”
“On no,” cried a third user.
A fourth user described it as: “terrible news.”
Shoezone is not closing down completely, but it does have plans to shut a number of shops over the years.
The retailer wants to open new “big box and hybrid” format stores from its original, smaller formats.
These stores will offer more stock and a greater range of styles for customers.
The shoe retailer already closed 13 branches last year and 63 stores from 2020 to 2021.
In its annual results, Shoezone said it was hoping to expand its store refit and relocation programme this year.
Which Shoezone stores are closing?
The popular retailer has already shut stores in the following locations in 2023:
- London Road, Waterlooville, Portsmouth
- High Street, Southend (Relocation)
- The Drapery, Northampton (Relocation)
- Bell Centre, Melton, Leicestershire
- Broad Street, Seaford, East Sussex
- Well Croft, Shipley
- Longton Exchange Shopping Centre, Stoke-on-Trent
- Dockhead Street, Saltcoats
- Broadmead Shopping Centre, Bristol
- Grand Junction Retail Park, Crewe
- Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, Edinburgh
- Beccles, Suffolk
- Isle of Wight
This year Shoezone closed its branch on Watford High Street.
It’s also yet to shut or relocate the following branches, although the exact dates haven’t been confirmed:
What is happening to the high street?
Several other retailers have been struggling to get by over the past few years.
Energy costs have risen and more shoppers than ever are choosing to order online rather than head into stores.
This has left some retailers grappling with budgets and having no choice but to close stores to cut costs.
Major banks have also announced multiple branch closures.
Even charity shops are struggling Oxfam confirmed it would close eight of its UK stores last year.
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