Another Closure as High Street Stores Struggle
A well-known outdoor retailer, Trespass, is set to close one of its stores in Blackburn, adding to the growing number of closures on the high street. The store, which will shut its doors in the New Year, has become notorious for its closing down sign offering discounts and stating that everything must go.
A Famous Brand with Global Reach
Trespass, founded in the 1990s, is known for selling skiwear, waterproof jackets, fleeces, walking boots, and other outdoor equipment and accessories. With over 300 stores worldwide and more than 1500 employees in the UK, it celebrated the opening of its 200th store earlier this year. However, the closure of six branches in 2018 and the upcoming closure of the Blackburn store reflect the challenges faced by brick-and-mortar retailers in today's competitive digital world.
Impact of Rising Costs and Online Shopping
The closure of the Blackburn store is attributed to the cost of living crisis and the rise of online shopping. The ongoing energy crisis and rising inflation have caused a decline in consumer spending, leading to the closure of thousands of stores across the country. According to research by the British Retail Consortium, over 6,000 stores have permanently closed in the last five years.
Shoppers Disappointed by Closure
Customers have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the closure of the Trespass store in Blackburn. Many praised the store's customer service and lamented the loss of another shop in the area. The closure has left a void in the Mall Blackburn, and efforts are underway to find a replacement retailer as soon as possible.
The Lancashire Telegraph has reached out to Trespass for comment but has not yet received a response.
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