All change at shops centre

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft with the BHS sign behind him. Picture by FRANK REID
Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft with the BHS sign behind him. Picture by FRANK REID

A SHOPPING centre is undergoing a reshuffle of shops as it prepares to welcome its new 35,000sq-ft flagship store.

As part of changes at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, Clinton Cards will be relocating elsewhere in the centre.

Clinton’s move will leave a prominent empty space in the centre, especially with the news that the Dorothy Perkins and Burton clothes store next door is also relocating into the new BHS store.

The card and gift shop will be moving across to the other side of the mall, next to a similar shop, The Card Factory.

Clinton Cards will take up the space currently occupied by the Krisp fashion store, as well as the adjacent former Azuri accessories shop.

Krisp, which opened last year, will be leaving the centre but bosses say this company’s lease was only ever short-term.

Centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “It is a slight down-size for Clinton’s.

“They want to rationalise the store and will also be taking Thornton’s with them.

“It will be business as usual and they are not losing any staff – they will all be moving across.

“The current Clinton’s store is on the market.

“With Burton and Dorothy Perkins also becoming empty as they move into BHS it gives us the opportunity to let it as one large space.

“It’s worth noting that there will be no job losses at Dorothy Perkins and Burton.”

Mr Rycraft said the transition process has already started at the existing Clinton’s store, with its relocation due “imminently”.

Dorothy Perkins and Burton will close on Saturday before moving to the BHS store, which is due to open on Thursday, January 26, and is thought to have created dozens of town jobs.

Mr Rycraft said he could not comment regarding the situation on the centre’s Peacock store, with the national chain forced into administration because its banks will not provide it with working capital.

The Mail reported earlier this month that Bright House is relocating from its current unit to a bigger store in the space formerly occupied by Superdrug.

The centre will be actively promoting its unit once it becomes vacant.