Honiton’s high street take another hit as shop announces impending closure

PUBLISHED: 11:30 22 November 2015

Honiton High Street's Shoezone / Stead and Simpson store. Ref mhh 6814-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Honiton High Street's Shoezone / Stead and Simpson store. Ref mhh 6814-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Shoe Zone bosses confirmed the store will close at Christmas. A spokesman for the national retailer says the closure is due to the lease of the building expiring,

Honiton High Street's Shoezone / Stead and Simpson store. Ref mhh 6816-47-15SH. Picture: Simon HornHoniton High Street's Shoezone / Stead and Simpson store. Ref mhh 6816-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Honiton’s high street has been dealt another blow after Shoe Zone bosses confirmed the store will close at Christmas.

A spokesman for the national retailer says the closure is due to the lease of the building expiring, adding: “We would like to thank our staff for their commitment and hard work and thank our customers for their support and custom over the years.”

The closure will dent the apparent revival of Honiton’s high street, which has seen several units filled in recent months.

Colin Wright, chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “All chambers of commerce express concerns about shop closures in their towns and especially in the high street.

“In Honiton, we have had eight or nine closures this year due to retirement, high rents and relocation. We have been lucky in that most of these shops have now been filled or will be in the near future.

“We are, however, extremely disturbed with the reported closure of Shoe Zone at Christmas as we thought that despite having closure notices on the windows for some months, that they were now settled in the town.

“Another empty shop so close to the entrance to Lace Walk does not bode well and we hope that it will be open for business again soon.

“This part of the town centre is causing us some concern at the moment and we are exploring all avenues to bring business to the area, as well as Lace Walk itself.”

*Shoezone bought Leicester-based Stead & Simpson and converted many stores to the Shoe Zone brand in 2008.


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