Shutting up shop


Sarah Staples

THREE shops in Ellesmere have shut since New Year, leaving town’s prime shop space empty.
Clothing and home store Tiggs, which occupied the largest shop space in Cross Street, closed its doors at the end of January.
Tallulah, a women’s clothing, bags and jewellery store on Scotland Street also closed on January 31 after being in the town since 2009.
And Charley’s, a second-hand store opposite The Ellesmere Hotel on High Street, shut down less than a month after occupying the shop space.
But chairman of Ellesmere Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln McMullan, is not worried by the closures. He said: “Tiggs is gone and that is perhaps the biggest shock.
“I’m not worried though, a lot of big shops seem to be getting hit more than smaller stores, just look at what happened to Woolworths.
“For a few of the shops it may just have been that the recent roadworks hit people on the edge a little bit,” he added
Mr McMullan explained the owner of Tallulah has now retired but the shop space is already generating interest from someone looking to create a shop for young people’s clothing.
Fitness and beauty shop The Studio has moved from Cross Street to a space next door to Quirky Arts in Scotland Street, leaving the former building empty.
“The smaller shop spaces will be re-opening with new shops so that is not a worry,” he added. “There is a waiting list for shops as people on the outskirts of the town want spaces in the centre.
“I am sorry to see Tiggs go but hope we can get something like a big frozen food shop, something like an Iceland store instead.
“So the only shops vacant will be Tiggs and the old HSBC building which is currently being worked on.
“Perhaps even a shoe shop would go in the Tiggs building as we lost the shoe shop in Scotland Street,” he added.

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