27 shops we've lost from South Shields town centre in the past 10 years

The plight of South Shields' once thriving town centre is rarely far from debate in recent times.

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 8:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 8:38 am
The Marks and Spencer sign coming down in a sad episode for South Shields

Dozens of shops have closed in the town centre in the past decade or so. The recession, internet shopping, the national struggles facing high street chains have all taken their toll, with many of South Shields' stores closing because their parent companies went into administration. Some stores have become home to new businesses and charity shops, and efforts are underway to improve the town's fortunes, including the 365 project. Here we look at some of the well-known and much-loved names we've lost from Shields in the past 10 years.

Closed in January 2009 as the company disappeared from UK high streets, one of the first victims of the credit crunch.
Closed in 2011 after parent company Dixons Retail decided to move to an out-of-town site in North Shields.

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Closed in 2014.
Closed in 2013 after the company ran into difficulties.
Closed in 2014 after the company went into administration.
Closed in 2014 after the jewellers and pawnbrokers went into administration.
Closed in 2014 after the company went into administration.
Closed circa 2010 after the chain ran into difficulties. Its now home to the Crazy Clearance store.
Closed in 2014 after announcing it would not renew its lease.
Closed in 2014.
Closed in 2016 after opening less than two years earlier in 2014 in the building left empty by HMV. The company cited being unable to reach an agreement with the landlords.
Closed circa 2012
Closed in 2016 after the company went into administration. The Post Office relocated here from Keppel Street in 2017.
Closed in 2009
Closed in 2012.
Closed January 2019. No exact reason was given.
Closed in 2014. One of the biggest losses to our town centre in recent years. The company said it was creating a bigger, better store in Silverlink so moving its team there.
Closed in 2013 to avoid the ignominy of going into administration. The family-run firm said it had been struggling as the recession proved a final perfect storm after years of increasing red tape.
Closed in 2016 after administrators failed to find a buyer for the retailer. It is now home to B&M.
Closed in 2014 after 25 years in the town
Closed in 2014 as the company shut a number of branches around the country.
Closed 2018 after the company went into administration. One Below has now moved into the premises.
Closed in January 2019. It had reopened in 2011, having previously closed in 2008. The company collapsed at the start of the year.
Closed. The company has now ceased trading.
Closed in 2009 after the company went into administration.
Closed in 2011
One of the company's two town centre stores closed in February 2019. Owners blamed gloomy financial times and Brexit uncertainty. The company still operates from its best-known store in Ocean Road.