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Questions asked over future of Claire's in Spalding's town centre




The building that houses the Spalding town centre Claire's store has gone up for let.

A 'To Let' sign appeared above the store in the Market Place earlier this week and the property is being marketed by Longstaff.

However, whether that means Claire's is affected is unknown.

Claire's accessories store in Spalding town centre. (8128259)
Claire's accessories store in Spalding town centre. (8128259)

The building is listed for rent at £16,500 per annum plus VAT, but Claire's press office has not responded to our emails enquiring over the future of the shop in Spalding.

It is understood that shop staff are also unaware of whether the store will remain open or not and customers have been asking if they are closing.

The store is thought to have been in Spalding for around 17 years.

Last year, it was reported that the accessories chain was considering closing some of its stores nationally.

A 'To Let' sign has appeared above the store in Spalding's Market Place. (8128268)
A 'To Let' sign has appeared above the store in Spalding's Market Place. (8128268)

A spokeswoman for Claire's is said to have explained that closing under performing stores was "part of normal business practice".

The Press Association reported that the High Street chain was talking to restructuring firms about "a number of options".

And one rescue plan being considered, according to the PA, was a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) where some stores are closed and rents are reduced on remaining stores.

Claire's press office has not responded to our queries about the future of the store. (8128262)
Claire's press office has not responded to our queries about the future of the store. (8128262)

However, Claire's chief executive Ron Marshall said at the time it had no plans for either a CVA or major store closures in the UK "in the foreseeable future".

"Any stores we do close or open in the UK would be as part of our normal course of business," he was reported as saying.

Claire's has another branch at Springfield's Shopping Outlet in Spalding.

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