Jewellers to move out of shopping centre

A SHOPPING centre has suffered a blow after a jewellers announced it is to close.

Warren James jewellers, in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, is to close after coming to the end of its lease.

It follows a string of big names that have left the shopping centre in recent years including Woolworths, computer chain Game and children’s clothes store Adams.

But centre bosses say shoppers can look forward to new names coming to Hartlepool in the coming weeks and months, including a new big store.

Warren James is one of the largest independent jewellers in the UK, and has 115 branches nationwide.

A spokesman for Middleton Grange Shopping Centre said: “In common with other shopping centres, there are a number of leases coming to an end and it is normal for landlords and tenants to negotiate new lease terms.

“The end of a lease presents retailers with an opportunity to either remain in their premises, expand or to close their store depending on their corporate strategies.

“Leases are commercial contracts and PPG is not at liberty to comment on individual leases but is working with a number of retailers to remain in the centre and also to attract new retailers.

“We will shortly be announcing an exciting new anchor store letting and, in the next few weeks and months, other lettings to retailers new to the centre.”

No one from Warren James was available for comment.