WH Smith to close this week

St Helens Star: St Helens' WH Smith will close on Saturday St Helens' WH Smith will close on Saturday

ST HELENS town centre's WH Smith will shut up shop for good this Saturday.

The Star reported last year that the store would close and a note posted on the Church Street shop window reads: "This store will be closing as of Saturday, February 15 at 4pm.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

"Your closest WH Smith store will now be at Widnes."

High rental charges from landlords and the changing shape of shopping patterns – in particularly buying over the internet, competition from supermarkets, and new technologies such as e-books and tablets – are all suspected as reasons to why the store is pulling out.

A spokeswoman for WH Smith said last year: “Unfortunately we are unable to continue to trade viably from this location and the decision has been taken to close the store at this time because of the forthcoming lease expiry.”

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11:42am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sankey says...

Sad
Sad Sankey
  • Score: 3

12:53pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Lestat1977 says...

will something be replacing it or will it just be another empy store on the high street, I've heard rumours that Wilkinsons will be going because they can't compete with The Range, at this rate we may aswell knock the town centre down.
will something be replacing it or will it just be another empy store on the high street, I've heard rumours that Wilkinsons will be going because they can't compete with The Range, at this rate we may aswell knock the town centre down. Lestat1977
  • Score: 5

2:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

kjd161 says...

Hmm. High rentals. Any ideas, anyone?
Hmm. High rentals. Any ideas, anyone? kjd161
  • Score: 3

3:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

I heard maybe a travel agent??
Anyway sad to see it go , best of luck to the staff who I always found pleasant and helpful.
I heard maybe a travel agent?? Anyway sad to see it go , best of luck to the staff who I always found pleasant and helpful. barrie timpson
  • Score: 2

10:02pm Mon 10 Feb 14

anthonywilson says...

Very sad that WHSmith is closing and even more so that a town of a population of 176,000 cannot sustain one. The population of Widnes is 58,000 (210 census) so clearly something is drastically wrong. What happened to the Council attempts to offer alternative premises?
The nearest WHSmith outlet will actually be the one in Whiston Hospital and not Widnes.
Very sad that WHSmith is closing and even more so that a town of a population of 176,000 cannot sustain one. The population of Widnes is 58,000 (210 census) so clearly something is drastically wrong. What happened to the Council attempts to offer alternative premises? The nearest WHSmith outlet will actually be the one in Whiston Hospital and not Widnes. anthonywilson
  • Score: 2

12:05am Tue 11 Feb 14

anthonywilson says...

Plus the one in St Helens Hospital.
Plus the one in St Helens Hospital. anthonywilson
  • Score: 1

5:12am Tue 11 Feb 14

EpicConcern says...

It will probably be replaced by a bakery, a charity shop, a poundshop, a bookies, a travel agent or payday loan shop.
Visit St Helens town centre. The land of despair.
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It will probably be replaced by a bakery, a charity shop, a poundshop, a bookies, a travel agent or payday loan shop. Visit St Helens town centre. The land of despair. . EpicConcern
  • Score: 8

8:29am Tue 11 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

I want another Macdonalds.
I want another Macdonalds. barrie timpson
  • Score: 5

1:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

suttonboy says...

Who are these landlords driving shops out with high rental charges? Is the council doing anything to liase with these people? Try to get them to stop strangling the town centre.
As for a replacement, my money's on a mini Tesco. Seem to be the only company rich enough to afford the rent.
Who are these landlords driving shops out with high rental charges? Is the council doing anything to liase with these people? Try to get them to stop strangling the town centre. As for a replacement, my money's on a mini Tesco. Seem to be the only company rich enough to afford the rent. suttonboy
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

kjd161 says...

It may have survived if there was a decent amount of quality shops to draw people into town in the first place. I walked through town one lunch time last week, and there was less people around than on a Saturday night. Back in the 60's, when the world was black and white, and I was a sprog, town was always full except on Sundays and Thursday afternoon (half day closing). There was an abundance of good shops, and you could get everything you needed, from a basketful of fresh food (market), to clothes(Harts, Tyrers,Helena House,Burtons, loads more), singles and Lp's(Rothery Radios). In fact, I can't think of anything you couldn't get in town. And you could walk from one side of town to the other in 5 minutes.
It may have survived if there was a decent amount of quality shops to draw people into town in the first place. I walked through town one lunch time last week, and there was less people around than on a Saturday night. Back in the 60's, when the world was black and white, and I was a sprog, town was always full except on Sundays and Thursday afternoon (half day closing). There was an abundance of good shops, and you could get everything you needed, from a basketful of fresh food (market), to clothes(Harts, Tyrers,Helena House,Burtons, loads more), singles and Lp's(Rothery Radios). In fact, I can't think of anything you couldn't get in town. And you could walk from one side of town to the other in 5 minutes. kjd161
  • Score: 7

8:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

stevelunt says...

Tesco can afford rent as they are one of the biggest landholder in the country

With respect to WHsmith to be fair I am not surprised its closed down with the prices they charge for some things, only today they had 'fruit shoot' drinks for £1.35 yet at Costco they are 15 pence each
Tesco can afford rent as they are one of the biggest landholder in the country With respect to WHsmith to be fair I am not surprised its closed down with the prices they charge for some things, only today they had 'fruit shoot' drinks for £1.35 yet at Costco they are 15 pence each stevelunt
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Sat 15 Feb 14

mikeashworth says...

I wonder if this may be a "tipping point" for the town centre and it's decline. WH Smith is one of those stores you always expect to find in a major town or city. Other towns / cities have exact same pressure with regard to papers, books, stationery etc being available in other places, but those stores still remain.
I wonder if this may be a "tipping point" for the town centre and it's decline. WH Smith is one of those stores you always expect to find in a major town or city. Other towns / cities have exact same pressure with regard to papers, books, stationery etc being available in other places, but those stores still remain. mikeashworth
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Sat 15 Feb 14

barrie timpson says...

I think the tipping point was having Marie Rommer in power for so long.
I think the tipping point was having Marie Rommer in power for so long. barrie timpson
  • Score: 1

3:54pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Sankey says...

Well she is coming back so let's get the bunting out
Well she is coming back so let's get the bunting out Sankey
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Sun 16 Feb 14

frankly says...

its a good town for beggers/junkies/alki
s/gamblers and skateboarders though and night time idiots
its a good town for beggers/junkies/alki s/gamblers and skateboarders though and night time idiots frankly
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