Countdown to closure of two Lancaster high street stores
Two major Lancaster stores on the same high street will close within a week of each other.
BHS will shut its doors this Saturday (August 6) followed by Ann Summers on Saturday, August 13.
BHS (or British Home Stores) is closing after the company filed for administration earlier this year.
An attempt to sell the business failed meaning all 164 BHS stores nationwide are due to close with thousands of jobs set to be lost.
A closing down sale is being held at the BHS store on Market Street ahead of this Saturday’s final day of trading.
Meanwhile the Ann Summers lingerie and bedroom toy shop opposite BHS will close the following weekend.
The store is also having a closing down sale.
The chain has more than 140 shops nationwide. The nearest Ann Summers store for local shoppers is now in Preston.
As we went to press, Ann Summers head office had not responded to our requests for a comment or explanation for the closure.
Other shops to close on Market Street this year were the former Greenwoods mens wear store and the My Local supermarket.
Greenwoods closed at the end of January due to high rent meaning the store was no longer viable.
The My Local company went into administration in June.
Prior to being sold to My Local, the shop was run by Morrisons.
Meanwhile the new Lancaster Primark clothes store is due to open in the nearby Marketgate shopping centre on Wednesday, August 24.