Smyths plans to open new store in Grimsby

Published on: 23rd June 2014

A spokesman for Smyths Toys said an official announcement will be made within the next two weeks.smyths300

The location is yet to be confirmed, but the Grimsby Telegraph understands it will be on the site of the former JJB Sports store on the Victoria Retail Park, which is also occupied by Next, Brantano, Sports Direct and Poundstretcher.

JJB left the unit in 2012, after administrators KPMG shut down a total of 133 stores and sold the remaining 20 to rival Sports Direct International.

The news comes after the Grimsby Telegraph revealed last month that Grimsby’s Homebase store, based on Victoria Street, is likely to be replaced by The Range. A spokesman for the Home Retail Group, which owns Homebase, has now confirmed the store will close.

He said: “Following a period of consultation with colleagues, we have announced that the Homebase store in Grimsby will close, with a date yet to be confirmed. The store lease is transferring to The Range subject to planning and landlord consents, who will invite all Homebase colleagues for an interview to work in their new store. Where possible we will also look for opportunities for colleagues at nearby Homebase and Argos stores.”

In May, staff were informed of the decision by their bosses about the impending decision.

A spokesman, speaking last month, said: “We can confirm that the business has entered a period of consultation concerning the proposed closure of our store in Grimsby. Colleagues at the store have been informed and we will be working with them over the next few weeks to support them as much as possible. Homebase continues to be committed to providing employment opportunities and great customer service to people in the area. Due to commercial sensitivities, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

In 2012, Homebase announced it would be closing 40 stores in the following five years. The retailer has 65 store leases coming up for renewal, and says it is planning to close all but 25 of them. This is part of a decision to halt expansion and to concentrate on multi-channel development, as seen with their introduction of Argos in some of Homebase stores.

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