This is the latest store to be leaving Hull's Whitefriargate

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Nov 2018

A popular store is the latest to announce it is leaving Hull's Whitefriargate.

Ann Summers, which sits on the corner of Whitefriargate and Parliament Street, has revealed it is leaving the once buzzing Whitefriargate for a new unit in the city centre.

Shoppers were shocked when they spotted signs up in the store windows on Wednesday morning that read: "Store closing, up to 75 per cent off."

One said: "That's another one gone then. It is getting emptier by the day, I remember when it was thriving down here and now they are all leaving."

Whitefriargate has undergone a well-documented period of decline with shops emptying and "to let" signs going up as retailers move to other parts of the city.

Signs have been put up in the store windows (Image: Peter Harbour)

It has already lost Kapow Gifts, Poundworld and New Look and now Ann Summers will also be moving.

Earlier this year, there was also a series of thefts in the area - with thieves seemingly targeting Whitefriargate shops.

In May this year, four shops were targeted, with Marks and Spencer, Thorntons, Crawshaw Butchers and Heron Foods all affected.

A spokeswoman for the Hull store said they will be moving to a new unit on Jameson Street, further into the city centre later this month.

It is the latest store to leave the once thriving street (Image: Peter Harbour)

She said: "We are relocating to Jameson Street, in the old Regatta store at number 60.

"We are closing the Whitefriargate store on November 28 and will be reopening on November 29.

"It's very exciting and will be all shiny and new."

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