Boots to close two Hull stores in blow for city centre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Mar 2019

Boots is set to close two of its stores in Hull in another big blow for the city.

The health and beauty retailer with stores nationwide has confirmed to the BBC that its shops in Whitefriargate and The Prospect Centre will close their doors on May 14.

However, a new Boots store will open in St Stephen’s Shopping Centrewhere Sports Direct used to be until it moved to a bigger unit in Ferensway.

Other Boots stores in Kingston Retail Park and Kingswood Retail Park have survived the chop and last month the high street chemist announced plans to reorganise its head office.

The planned closures of two Boots units comes after it was revealed that the number of vacant shops across Hull has increased by 60 per cent in the past six months.

The Boots in Whitefriargate will also close (Image: Google Maps)

There are now 75 stores around the city centre standing dormant, according to our count, but HullBID says the figure actually stands at 61.

In Whitefriargate, which in the past has been considered the heart of Hull’s high street, Marks & Spencer will soon leave, following on from the likes of Ann Summers, Kapow, Grainger Games and Bonmarché which all departed last year.

Prospect Centre only has two empty units, compared to four during a count last year.

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