Another shop to close

Store fails to curry favour with bosses Dixon Retail Group, who are closing the Bath Street store for good on September 22.
Store fails to curry favour with bosses Dixon Retail Group, who are closing the Bath Street store for good on September 22.

Yet another high street store is set to close its doors for good in Ilkeston, it was revealed this week.

Worried staff at Curry’s called the Advertiser last week to say they had been told the Bath Street store is shutting on Wednesday September 22.

Dixons Retail Group, which owns the store, confirmed it this week but said that the five jobs will be moved to bigger Curry’s-PC World stores in out-of-town locations such as in Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield.

Labour councillor and Bath Street campaigner Cllr John Frudd said it was another blow to Ilkeston town centre.

“Not only are Ilkeston’s best businesses closing up,” he said. “Ilkeston is in such a state of terminal decline that even the multi-nationals are pulling out.

“They can see that trade in town – if the trend carries on –in a few years, will be very seriously compromised.”

A spokesman for Dixons Retail Group confirmed that the store is closing for good next month.

He said that it has been the group’s policy ‘for a number of years’ to shut smaller stores and ‘redeploy’ staff to large stores in retail parks.

Curry’s stores in Ripley and Alfreton town centres closed earlier this summer following the same policy.

The lease on the Ilkeston store had run out, he explained, which gave the group the opportunity to close the shop and move the staff on.

Bath Street lost Clinton Cards earlier this year and is set to lose Yeoman’s outdoor shop, although a date for the closure has not been released yet.

Other big names to leave the town centre in recent years have included Argos, Burtons and, of course, Woolworths, although a plan is under way to fill that store with an arcade of small units.

Dixons stores were rebranded as Curry’s in 2006.