Hartlepool Evans store to close

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A HIGH Street chain is relocating within a shopping centre in the New Year.

Evans, a women’s clothing retailer, has informed shoppers it will close its branch in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, on January 10.

The chain has more than 300 stores around the UK selling plus-size clothing, lingerie, wide fitting shoes, swimwear and accessories.

The branch will move across the mall to be relocated within BHS.

Staff at the store had been instructed not to comment on the closure, although a sign in the window of the shop informed customers that the store would close on January 10.

It added that customers could go to other outlets in Stockton or the MetroCentre as well as the section in BHS.

The store is part of the Arcadia retail group, which also operates the likes of Dorothy Perkins, Topman, Burtons and Miss Selfridge.

No-one at Arcadia was available to speak to the Mail about the closure, and it is not clear if the Hartlepool branch is the only one being relocated or whether more branches will be closed elsewhere.

It is also unclear whether staff at the current store will be moved to BHS as part of the relocation.

Mark Rycraft, centre manager at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, said: “The Evans store is relocating into BHS and we wish them well with the move.

“We are pleased that they will still be located within the centre for our shoppers to enjoy.”

Centre bosses will set about trying to attract a new tenant into the unit left vacant by Evans once the relocation is completed.