Shoppers Confused as Bargain Store Quits Centre Facing Demolition


Bargain Store Quits

Shoppers are left puzzled as discount store Bargain Land closes its doors at the Hardshaw Centre in St Helens, redirecting fans to its sister branch at St Mary's Arcade.

Centre's Demolition

The Hardshaw Centre, open since the 1980s, is set to be bulldozed by May 2024, prompting stores like Bargain Land, TJ Hughes, and Bon Marche to relocate.

Redevelopment Plans

As part of St Helens' town centre redevelopment, the area will see a new bus station, offices, a hotel, market hall, food stalls, and new residential properties.

More Closures Across the UK

With the Keel Row Shopping Centre in Blyth also set for closure and retailers facing challenges post-pandemic, high street shops continue to struggle.

Retail Challenges

High energy costs, online shopping trends, and the cost of living crisis have contributed to the closure of major brands and the shrinking of many high street chains.

Hope Amidst Challenges

Despite closures, retail sales have shown a 3.4% rise in January, offering a glimmer of hope for the industry as it navigates through challenging times.

Store Closures

Well-known chains like Lidl, Iceland, and Matalan are among those closing branches, while Boots plans to shut down 300 stores to evolve its brand.

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