Recession blow for shopping

Desire clothes store, Marketgate, The Galleries, is shutting down
Desire clothes store, Marketgate, The Galleries, is shutting down

ANOTHER Wigan store has succumbed to the recession.

Ladies fashion store, Desire, is closing next week.

Desire, whose lease with The Galleries ends on September 2, is based in The Marketgate Shopping Centre in the Galleries.

Owner of Desire, Matthew Watson, said: “Desire has been in Wigan for nearly 15 and it’s been very difficult to make the decision to close.

“We have had some very loyal customers, but people can still shop online and in another year, we may reopen in Wigan.”

The Marketgate area of the centre has been particularly hit hard by the downturn.

Long-established stores such as Next and Adams have either closed down or relocated and several smaller retailers have also closed.

The Book Clearance store has shut, while Duffer has left its former premises to reopen at the top of Makinson Arcade, in a more prominent position.

But Richard Paxton, centre director of The Galleries, said it is not all doom and gloom and there are some positive signs too.

He said: “It is very disappointing to see both Book Clearance and Desire close their businesses in Wigan, as both have had stores within the Marketgate Shopping Centre for a number of years.We are pleased that Duffer Menswear has taken a new lease in a larger more prominent position in the town and believe that this will secure its future successful trading in Wigan.

“Propinvest, the landlords of The Galleries Shopping Centre, Makinson Arcade and Marketgate Shopping Centre, are working hard to secure new retailers to the whole of the Galleries complex and have been pleased to announce a number recently.

“These have included Shoe Zone moving to larger premises, Duffer Menswear moving to larger more prominent premises, Paparazzi, which opened last Saturday, Love Forever, which is due to open shortly, and the Royal Perfumery which moved to new larger premises.”

Desire was previously based in the middle of Marketgate but opened its current larger store in a more prominent position, with more stock, around two years ago.

Stores still trading in Marketgate Shopping Centre are: Next Clearance, Royal Bank of Scotland, Specsavers, Exit, Gillespie’s, Hair Pavilion, Scotts, V2 and Wigan MS Society.

Mr Paxton added: “The economic climate for retailers remains very tough but, in spite of this, we expect to be announcing several new additions shortly.

“Marketgate Shopping Centre has proved to be the most difficult area within the complex and we are actively looking at all opportunities to enliven it for its future success.”