TWO more retailers have closed their doors in South Shields Town Centre – as another trader announces the date it will leave town.
Mothercare, the mother-and-baby products outlet, shut its King Street store yesterday.
Staff have taken redundancy or have been found alternative employment with the company.
A sign on the window directs Mothercare customers to an alternative branch at Silverlink in North Tyneside – the same instruction Marks & Spencer bosses imparted when the iconic brand left last month.
Herbert Brown & Son Limited, the jewellers and pawnbrokers, has also now closed its King Street store after the company was put into administration.
Today, a spokesman for Greggs the bakers confirmed its shop and café outlet in the street was also to close at the beginning of June.
All staff based are to redeployed locally – with the company having three other non-cafés in the town centre. The company spokesman said: “Our priority for the next two to three years is to improve the quality of our existing estate, and we are currently reshaping it through a combination of shop relocations, re-formatting and some shop closures.
“Regrettably, I can confirm that our shop at No 15 King Street, South Shields, will close later this year.
“All shop team members will be redeployed locally, and our loyal customers will still be able to buy their favourite Greggs products from one of our alternative town centre shops.”
Meanwhile, Internacionale, the women’s clothes shop which is also in administration, is in its “final weeks” of trading in town, and Thorntons, the confectionary retailer, is to shut up shop on Saturday, May 31.
South Tyneside Council declined to comment on the latest developments.
The authority, which does not own the shops in King Street, is pushing ahead with its 365 regeneration of the South Shields town centre.
The £100m revamp will see a retail and leisure sector overhaul with the aim of making the town a 365-day-a-year destination.