Another store in St Stephen's is closing

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Mar 2018

A retailer at St Stephen's shopping centre is set to close after beginning a closing down sale.

Luggage and bag retailer DOMO is currently selling products at a reduced price as part of a closing down sale, but St Stephen's says it is not known when the store will shut.

Centre manager Jim Harris says that business in St Stephen's, and Hull city centre generally, remains positive despite the city losing another store.

He says that the announcement of new businesses coming to the city, such as high-end retailerFlannels which will open in St Stephen's, reflect a positivity.

Last year stores such as Zara left the shopping centre, and food outlet Handmade Burger Co has announced plans to relocate from St Stephen's to Hull’s Paragon Street.

Mr Harris says he does not believe the store will close imminently, and says that St Stephen's is still staying positive.

“I don’t think the closure is imminent, that would be for them to confirm,” he said. “We’ve had good relations with the firm and we obviously don’t like to see this.

“But I think we as a business need to be as positive as possible, and I believe we are doing so. We always want to offer something positive for the consumers, and with the opening of Flannels soon, we are doing that.

“We have also had FootAsylum, JD Sports and other open here recently. These are all really positive things for us and the city.”


DOMO in St Stephens

The centre manager says Hull has seen positive spending in the city centre, and expects it continue as a result of recent investment.

He said: “We are as much brand Hull as we are brand St Stephen's. We have had a period of fantastic investment in the city and that is continuing through the city centre.

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“I can’t speak for everyone, but I think if you went to Princes Quay or other shops, they would share that positive message.

“In terms of spending, the loss of national stores such as Toys R Us is sad, but reflects a national story and not necessarily the positive one we have here in Hull, with businesses like Flannels and Gino'scoming to Hull.”

The luggage shop is owned by Bags Etc which runs another Hull city centre store, inside Princes Quay.

Bags Etc has not yet responded to a request for comment about the closure.



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