Rumours about closure of Boots, Burtons and Dorothy Perkins are 'unfounded'

St Helens Star: Store closure rumours 'unfounded', says shoppiong centre Store closure rumours 'unfounded', says shoppiong centre

SOCIAL media rumours that two more big name stores could leave St Helens have been described as “completely unfounded” by a shopping centre.

Since the closure of WH Smith on Church Street there has been speculation on Twitter that others could follow – with Boots and Burtons/Dorothy Perkins named by some.

However, a spokeswoman for Church Square Shopping Centre, which houses both chains, denied the rumours, insisting: “The stores are not closing. The rumours are completely unfounded.”

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11:35am Tue 18 Mar 14

Geoff911 says...

No smoke without fire....there is also rumours of M&S moving to a retail park & wilkos going to, but anyone can start a rumour best just sit back and see what happens.
No smoke without fire....there is also rumours of M&S moving to a retail park & wilkos going to, but anyone can start a rumour best just sit back and see what happens. Geoff911
  • Score: 4

11:36am Tue 18 Mar 14

me1980 says...

Wouldn't surprise me though, who wants to pay to park to visit these shops when you can park for free at the retail park up the road? I wouldn't blame any of these retailers for closing their town centre stores. Maybe after the last store closes the council will realise what their parking charges have done to the town. Appreciate it fetches revenue in for the council but what use is that when it's costing people jobs?
Wouldn't surprise me though, who wants to pay to park to visit these shops when you can park for free at the retail park up the road? I wouldn't blame any of these retailers for closing their town centre stores. Maybe after the last store closes the council will realise what their parking charges have done to the town. Appreciate it fetches revenue in for the council but what use is that when it's costing people jobs? me1980
  • Score: 16

11:52am Tue 18 Mar 14

smith&weston says...

me1980
It is and has always been, a Labour trait to treat the motorist as some sort of despicable being that should be penalised and curtailed at every opportunity. They still see ownership of a motor car as some sort of class thing.
me1980 It is and has always been, a Labour trait to treat the motorist as some sort of despicable being that should be penalised and curtailed at every opportunity. They still see ownership of a motor car as some sort of class thing. smith&weston
  • Score: 1

2:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Lestat1977 says...

It isn't just the cars - there is nothing to attract people and that's it - I'm sure motorists wouldn't mind paying car parking if there was something worth while to have a mooch in - the town centre is flat lining perhaps we should let it die in peace.
It isn't just the cars - there is nothing to attract people and that's it - I'm sure motorists wouldn't mind paying car parking if there was something worth while to have a mooch in - the town centre is flat lining perhaps we should let it die in peace. Lestat1977
  • Score: 9

2:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Geoff911 says...

I admit I don't go in to town a lot now because of the parking, I remember you could nip in and park for free if it was something quick like nip to the bank, but they installed pay and display everywhere and yellow lines.
I admit I don't go in to town a lot now because of the parking, I remember you could nip in and park for free if it was something quick like nip to the bank, but they installed pay and display everywhere and yellow lines. Geoff911
  • Score: 10

2:31pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Sankey says...

St. Helens town centre is finished the £1m the council are using is a complete waste of money and only delaying the inevitable. It's partly the councils fault with the past parking war of attrition with the motorist but also changing demographics and the retail market. Other towns are suffering too its not unique to St. Helens.
St. Helens town centre is finished the £1m the council are using is a complete waste of money and only delaying the inevitable. It's partly the councils fault with the past parking war of attrition with the motorist but also changing demographics and the retail market. Other towns are suffering too its not unique to St. Helens. Sankey
  • Score: 6

2:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Sankey says...

As for the stores mentioned yes it might be just a rumour at present but you only have to walk in them to see they are not thriving
As for the stores mentioned yes it might be just a rumour at present but you only have to walk in them to see they are not thriving Sankey
  • Score: -2

8:36pm Tue 18 Mar 14

quizling says...

compared to wigan and warrington ,st helens is dead in the water
compared to wigan and warrington ,st helens is dead in the water quizling
  • Score: 13

9:41pm Tue 18 Mar 14

barrie timpson says...

Put a for in it - it's done.
Put a for in it - it's done. barrie timpson
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

barrie timpson says...

and a fork too, whilst were at it !
and a fork too, whilst were at it ! barrie timpson
  • Score: -1

11:17pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Les Teeling says...

I had already posted this info and it was confirmed to me outside the town hall by a Councillor on the Executive who told me they had been told sometime ago that they will leave once their lease ends
I had already posted this info and it was confirmed to me outside the town hall by a Councillor on the Executive who told me they had been told sometime ago that they will leave once their lease ends Les Teeling
  • Score: 0

11:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

frankly says...

car parking is not dear in St Helens, but why pay when not many shops worth going to.And when retail parks are the future, plus online shopping. If the aged didn't go into town, it would be empty mon to Friday..and lots of those don't shop
car parking is not dear in St Helens, but why pay when not many shops worth going to.And when retail parks are the future, plus online shopping. If the aged didn't go into town, it would be empty mon to Friday..and lots of those don't shop frankly
  • Score: 2

11:57pm Wed 19 Mar 14

moonman77 says...

Who wants to shop in a skateboard centre that st. helens town centre is anyway?
Who wants to shop in a skateboard centre that st. helens town centre is anyway? moonman77
  • Score: 1

8:15am Thu 20 Mar 14

smith&weston says...

Chuggers... there's another good reason for people avoiding the town centre.The Council never got to grips with the annoying charity collectors who continually waylaid people going about there lawful business. They could have introduced by laws to control it but choose not to.
Chuggers... there's another good reason for people avoiding the town centre.The Council never got to grips with the annoying charity collectors who continually waylaid people going about there lawful business. They could have introduced by laws to control it but choose not to. smith&weston
  • Score: 3

8:48am Thu 20 Mar 14

mikeashworth says...

i've heard this "rumour" from at least 3 or 4 different people now, that Dorohy Perkins / Burton will not be renewing their lease when it runs out this year. Maybe the Council will give them the £1m to stay!!
i've heard this "rumour" from at least 3 or 4 different people now, that Dorohy Perkins / Burton will not be renewing their lease when it runs out this year. Maybe the Council will give them the £1m to stay!! mikeashworth
  • Score: 3

5:07pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Hughwithaview says...

I ventured into town a couple of weeks ago because I had to go to the bank to sort something out and I could not wait to get back in my car and go home. The Town Centre is depressing - cheap shops, empty shops, closed down shops, a few people wandering around aimlessly. Any minute I expected tumble weed to blow past me. A million pound investment? - it's going to take far more than that to rescue this sad old state of affairs.
I ventured into town a couple of weeks ago because I had to go to the bank to sort something out and I could not wait to get back in my car and go home. The Town Centre is depressing - cheap shops, empty shops, closed down shops, a few people wandering around aimlessly. Any minute I expected tumble weed to blow past me. A million pound investment? - it's going to take far more than that to rescue this sad old state of affairs. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 7

4:43pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Sankey says...

Re the £1m the council might as well set fire to it. What a waste of public money at a time when people are struggling and they had the brass neck to increase the council tax too. The town centre is finished better to concentrate in the retail parks and re-develop the town centre for residential properties
Re the £1m the council might as well set fire to it. What a waste of public money at a time when people are struggling and they had the brass neck to increase the council tax too. The town centre is finished better to concentrate in the retail parks and re-develop the town centre for residential properties Sankey
  • Score: 3

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