Two more shops close doors in Brid

Stead & Simpson on Chaple Street closing down.'NBFP PA1341-16

Stead & Simpson on Chaple Street closing down.'NBFP PA1341-16

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Bridlington’s high street is set to take a kicking with the loss of a well-known shoe shop.

Stead and Simpson, in King Street, is currently holding its closing down sale and will shut in the coming weeks.

And Greggs the Bakers in Bessingby Way has recently closed, leaving an empty unit behind.

A spokesperson for Stead and Simpson said: “The decision was made and it isn’t a reflection on the commitment or dedication of the staff.

“Every effort will be made to redeploy any personnel in the nearby stores.”

The chain announced the closure of 90 shops in December last year, with job losses thought to total 500.

A spokesperson for Greggs said: “Our priority for the next two to three years is to improve the quality of our existing estate and we are currently reshaping our estate through a combination of shop relocations, reformatting and some shop closures.

“I can confirm that our Bessingby Way Retail Park shop has closed and that the shop team has been redeployed locally.

“Greggs customers in Bridlington will still be able to buy their favourite Greggs products at our Promenades Shopping Centre shop.”

Neil Watson, chairman of the Bridlington Chamber of Trade, said: “We have known for a long time that the town centre needs to be upgraded if we are to keep national names in the town. A lot of retail units are not in the format that national stores want.

“I think we need some national chains for a town the size of Bridlington, but what we do not want is for Bridlington to look exactly like every other town.

“There is a lot of potential for Bridlington but at the moment we only have to walk round to see that the offer isn’t there.

“We need the AAP to be pushed through and we need the developers to start work. We need the harbour to be redeveloped in particular.”