Space NK Apothecary London opening in Beverley when Accessorize closes

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Jan 2019

A luxury beauty retailer is coming to a prime Beverley store when Accessorize closes on Saturday.

Space NK Apothecary London, which sells luxury products from best-selling brands, is expected to open for business at the Saturday Market premises in early May.

The retailer is recruiting staff including a manager, assistant manager, supervisor and a team of beauty advisors.

Heather Alexander, Space NK’s managing director, says: “We believe the community in Beverley will appreciate being able to shop our edit of the world’s most luxurious beauty brand on their own local high street.

“Brands that will be available include Nars, Laura Mercier, Ren and Eve Lom.”

This is how Beverley's Space NK store could look

A notice in the window of Accessorize thanks customers for their support over the past 26 years, saying: “We are closing due to the end of our lease, not for any other reason.”

Eight staff at the store, which was previously a Monsoon store run by the same business, are losing their jobs.

Manager Sarah Ellerington, who has worked at the store for 22 years, says the shop is closing because the lease has come to an end.

She says: “We have been here a long time. The company has really fought to keep us here. We are not negative towards the company, they didn’t want to leave.

“They are not leaving for any reason other than another business has beaten us with the rent.

“It’s sad, I have been here for 22 years, it has been my life. I can’t emphasise enough how wonderful it has been working for the company.

Accessorize has been well supported in Beverley, says the manager (Image: Trudi Davidson)

 “We have created a really good friendship with customers. We have always been well supported with trade and footfall. We are not going because we have not been supported.

“It’s a shame, people will miss this. It's really sad but it's not to say the company won't ever come back.”

Space NK will bring luxury products like this to Beverley

Beverley will be the 68th store for Space NK, which was founded in 1993 in London’s Covent Garden area.

The town will be the luxury chain’s second store opening of 2019.

Space NK is the latest in a series of upmarket retailers who have opened stores in Beverley, including Jo Malone London, Hotel Chocolat, Jack Wills and Mint Velvet.

White Company recently confirmed it plans to open at Beverley's former Wilko store in Toll Gavel in time for Easter.

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