Yesterday’s announcement from Axminster came as a shock:
Since then, the same company have sought to calm fears about their other store:
Owner’s commitment to Sidmouth store following Axminster closure announcement
A historic department store has a ‘bright future’ despite challenging retail conditions says its owners in the wake of closure announcements.
Goulds of Dorchester says it is reviewing all areas of the business but says it was committed to developing Fields of Sidmouth, which has been in the town for more than 200 years.
Rebecca Murphy, director of Goulds, said: “We are reviewing all areas of our business in the current challenging environment. We are 100 per cent committed to developing Fields of Sidmouth and we believe that despite the current situation it has a bright future ahead of it; it is well supported by the local population, has strong brands and it is in a great location.
“Retail is facing strong challenges at the moment, but a store that has been proudly serving the people of Sidmouth since the 1800’s is not frightened to adapt.
“We need to ensure that the products and services we offer remain contemporary and relevant for all our customers and with their support we have every confidence in the longevity of Fields of Sidmouth.”