Two shops within the Preston Guild Hall complex are to close.Advertisement
Styx clothing and Respawned, a vintage toys, games and collectables, shop are both to shut up shop by mid-November.
Respawned took to Facebook to issue a statement regarding their time in the Guild Hall Arcade.
Its owners said: “Well three years comes around fast and what an interesting three years it’s been.
“I know many love the shop I know some hated it, so the following will be either good news or bad news.
“It has become unworkable to continue trading from there,therefore at the end of my current lease respawned will cease trading on the 12th November,
“I’m trying to find suitable premises to move into but I’ve only found one anything like good enough for my needs which I’m in talks about and hopefully will be able to get if not then there may be a gap of me closing and reopening.”
A statement from Styx said: “We are going to be closing at the end of October as our lease will end in the Guild Hall.
“After that we will just be trading online and at lots of comic con events.”
Closing down sales have been advertised at both shops.
The Guild Hall Arcade has been undergoing a number of changes since Simon Rigby took ownership of the venue and site in September last year.
Mr Rigby said: “Both leases were coming to an end and we were happy to renew on the same terms. No rent increase has been proposed by Preston Guild Hall Ltd or any other of my businesses.
“We are very excited about the interest we have had in the Guild Hall and the increased foot fall.”
He said at present neither of the two shops were re-let, but that he was in advance stages of discussion about a further four units within the Arcade.
Mr Rigby has created a new coffee shop, tapas restaurant and is in the process of adding an Italian restaurant and wine bar to what used to be the Tourist Information Office.
In August it was announced arts charity Curious Minds would be moving into the Arcade, using what was the former Council for Voluntary Services offices. A childrens nursey is also due to be opening within the Arcade.
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