Clitheroe business set to close and leave ‘ghost town’

Lancashire Telegraph: Tots To Teens is set to close after Linda Nixon said the town centre is no longer bustling Tots To Teens is set to close after Linda Nixon said the town centre is no longer bustling

A LONG-standing business in Clitheroe is set to close ‘within a month’ because the town centre is ‘failing to attract enough shoppers’.

Linda Nixon, 58, is closing Tots To Teens, which she has owned for 18 years, because of the lack of footfall in the town and the prevelance of charity and coffee shops in the town centre.

The independant business, which was set up by Tim Reynolds under the name ‘Tim’s Children’s Wear’, is attempting to sell its stock of school uniforms, toys, clothes and games before it finally closes.

The shop is one of nine businesses up for sale or let in Castlegate alone and joins sweet shop Candycopia in closing this year.

The mum-of-four and grandma-of-two said that the competition from Tesco selling school uniforms had impacted on the business hard and that the town centre is not what it used to be.

As part of the closure two part-time staff members will lose their jobs and the existing stock has been heavily reduced on price.

She said: “When I took over this business the town centre was busting every day and at weekends it was packed.

“Now it’s so quiet during the weeks and at weekends you would be lucky to see three people in the centre at any one time.

“I have had some days when no one has come in and I have been paying more in wages than I have got in sales.

“The borough council and the town council do not do enough for independant businesses in Clitheroe.

“The centre is fast filling up with charity and coffee shops and people are staying away more and more.

“They see the big to let or for sale signs in the street and go somewhere else and it’s killing small businesses.

“Clitheroe is more like a ghost town these days and it’s getting worse and worse.

“The lease is up on the building, which is owned by the Standan Estate.

“And it’s got to a point where we can’t go on.”

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4:03pm Fri 7 Feb 14

brossen99 says...

Yeah well they will keep electing Lib-Dem's !
Yeah well they will keep electing Lib-Dem's ! brossen99

5:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Copperhead says...

It's the same story everywhere these days, not just Clitheroe.
Britain is finished - we are a failed state and it's because of politicians, in the pay of land-owners and multi-nationals, who have orchestrated the decline in order to destroy the industries where unions were strong and destroy any power the working-class once had to fight against the established interests who crushed and exploited the workers.
More and more shops will close because co many people have no money to spare. Tesco are a bunch of scum but they ARE cheaper than independent shops.
Welcome to third-world Britain.
GREAT Britain ???? - Not a fuc*ing chance.
It's the same story everywhere these days, not just Clitheroe. Britain is finished - we are a failed state and it's because of politicians, in the pay of land-owners and multi-nationals, who have orchestrated the decline in order to destroy the industries where unions were strong and destroy any power the working-class once had to fight against the established interests who crushed and exploited the workers. More and more shops will close because co many people have no money to spare. Tesco are a bunch of scum but they ARE cheaper than independent shops. Welcome to third-world Britain. GREAT Britain ???? - Not a fuc*ing chance. Copperhead

10:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

AnimalReid says...

Two words - absolute rubbish.
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Another case of sour grapes from someone who thinks the whle world owes them a living.
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First shes blaming 'competiton from Tesco' - so whats new, the stores been there for getting on 20 years.
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Then she cites the prevalence of coffee shops in Clitheroe as the problem. Well believe it or not thats actually a sign of high foot fall and would only serve to benefit her little enterprise.
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Clitheroe has never and will never have the likes of Top Shop, Tiffanys and M&S and whats more, if they did 'Tots to Teens' wouldn't be able to afford the rents. The fact is, its not getting any worse and its not getting any better - its always been like this.
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The more likley explnanation is eluded to in the penultimate line of the article. Shes 58, the lease is up and the landlords looking for another another 5 to 10 years renewal. She wants to retire and cant be bothered with hassle. The End.
Two words - absolute rubbish. ... Another case of sour grapes from someone who thinks the whle world owes them a living. ... First shes blaming 'competiton from Tesco' - so whats new, the stores been there for getting on 20 years. ... Then she cites the prevalence of coffee shops in Clitheroe as the problem. Well believe it or not thats actually a sign of high foot fall and would only serve to benefit her little enterprise. ... Clitheroe has never and will never have the likes of Top Shop, Tiffanys and M&S and whats more, if they did 'Tots to Teens' wouldn't be able to afford the rents. The fact is, its not getting any worse and its not getting any better - its always been like this. ... The more likley explnanation is eluded to in the penultimate line of the article. Shes 58, the lease is up and the landlords looking for another another 5 to 10 years renewal. She wants to retire and cant be bothered with hassle. The End. AnimalReid

11:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

charmed-one says...

AnimalReid wrote:
Two words - absolute rubbish.
...
Another case of sour grapes from someone who thinks the whle world owes them a living.
...
First shes blaming 'competiton from Tesco' - so whats new, the stores been there for getting on 20 years.
...
Then she cites the prevalence of coffee shops in Clitheroe as the problem. Well believe it or not thats actually a sign of high foot fall and would only serve to benefit her little enterprise.
...
Clitheroe has never and will never have the likes of Top Shop, Tiffanys and M&S and whats more, if they did 'Tots to Teens' wouldn't be able to afford the rents. The fact is, its not getting any worse and its not getting any better - its always been like this.
...
The more likley explnanation is eluded to in the penultimate line of the article. Shes 58, the lease is up and the landlords looking for another another 5 to 10 years renewal. She wants to retire and cant be bothered with hassle. The End.
Regarding Tesco - they didn't sell uniforms when Tots to Teens started. Now every supermarket sells the basics and can do so very cheaply because of their buying power. Tots to Teens doesn't have that buying power so will obviously be more expensive, resulting in falling sales.

Prevalence of coffee shops - doesn't necessarily mean high footfall as they all do 'take out' drinks. It's amazing how many people buy one on their way to work, lunch hour etc.

I work in a local shop and I can tell you that over the last 12 months there has been a major decline in footfall in the town centre. Some days there's hardly anyone around. You should try walking along Castle St at 4pm on a Saturday - hardly a soul about.

If she wants to retire, but 'can't be bothered with hassle', what's the point in her going to the papers?? That seems like a hassle to me. More likely that she would love to stay in business for a while longer but it's not financially viable any longer. You only have to look at the number of shops closing down or recently gone to know that Clitheroe has a serious problem.
[quote][p][bold]AnimalReid[/bold] wrote: Two words - absolute rubbish. ... Another case of sour grapes from someone who thinks the whle world owes them a living. ... First shes blaming 'competiton from Tesco' - so whats new, the stores been there for getting on 20 years. ... Then she cites the prevalence of coffee shops in Clitheroe as the problem. Well believe it or not thats actually a sign of high foot fall and would only serve to benefit her little enterprise. ... Clitheroe has never and will never have the likes of Top Shop, Tiffanys and M&S and whats more, if they did 'Tots to Teens' wouldn't be able to afford the rents. The fact is, its not getting any worse and its not getting any better - its always been like this. ... The more likley explnanation is eluded to in the penultimate line of the article. Shes 58, the lease is up and the landlords looking for another another 5 to 10 years renewal. She wants to retire and cant be bothered with hassle. The End.[/p][/quote]Regarding Tesco - they didn't sell uniforms when Tots to Teens started. Now every supermarket sells the basics and can do so very cheaply because of their buying power. Tots to Teens doesn't have that buying power so will obviously be more expensive, resulting in falling sales. Prevalence of coffee shops - doesn't necessarily mean high footfall as they all do 'take out' drinks. It's amazing how many people buy one on their way to work, lunch hour etc. I work in a local shop and I can tell you that over the last 12 months there has been a major decline in footfall in the town centre. Some days there's hardly anyone around. You should try walking along Castle St at 4pm on a Saturday - hardly a soul about. If she wants to retire, but 'can't be bothered with hassle', what's the point in her going to the papers?? That seems like a hassle to me. More likely that she would love to stay in business for a while longer but it's not financially viable any longer. You only have to look at the number of shops closing down or recently gone to know that Clitheroe has a serious problem. charmed-one

7:49am Sat 8 Feb 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Animalreid is absolutely spot on. The only thing I would like to add to the article is, perhaps if she modernized the shops appearance instead of it looking like a throw back from the 70's it may attract a few more customers
Animalreid is absolutely spot on. The only thing I would like to add to the article is, perhaps if she modernized the shops appearance instead of it looking like a throw back from the 70's it may attract a few more customers 2 for 5p ridesagain

10:40am Sat 8 Feb 14

s4awx123 says...

Clitheroe dead on it's feet.
Clitheroe dead on it's feet. s4awx123

7:50pm Sat 8 Feb 14

ttt123 says...

In reply to the above comments, i am not retiring and currently looking for work as are my employees and i would love to carry on with the shop but footfall has declined to such an extent it is no longer viable.

The shop has not been modernised as some people like an old fashioned type of shop.

We have competed with the likes of Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and all the other big boys for many years but when Tesco started doing Embroidered Uniforms that was the beginning of the end.

I have nothing against Charity Shops or Coffee Shops, the problem is that the Charity Shops all pay lower rates and sell new goods.

Ours is not the only business to suffer and i am sure more will follow.

Finally i did not go to the papers they came to me.
In reply to the above comments, i am not retiring and currently looking for work as are my employees and i would love to carry on with the shop but footfall has declined to such an extent it is no longer viable. The shop has not been modernised as some people like an old fashioned type of shop. We have competed with the likes of Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and all the other big boys for many years but when Tesco started doing Embroidered Uniforms that was the beginning of the end. I have nothing against Charity Shops or Coffee Shops, the problem is that the Charity Shops all pay lower rates and sell new goods. Ours is not the only business to suffer and i am sure more will follow. Finally i did not go to the papers they came to me. ttt123

12:07am Sun 9 Feb 14

not too old to care says...

Thank you Tots to Teens for the past 18 years and all the best for the future.
We will miss you.
Thank you Tots to Teens for the past 18 years and all the best for the future. We will miss you. not too old to care

6:37pm Sun 9 Feb 14

shytalk says...

I thought i saw a tumble weed rolling through Clitheroe town center the other day, but then i realised it was probably a member of the council.
Settle is a nice place to shop. They have nice shops and no over development, so you can park your car easily.
I thought i saw a tumble weed rolling through Clitheroe town center the other day, but then i realised it was probably a member of the council. Settle is a nice place to shop. They have nice shops and no over development, so you can park your car easily. shytalk

8:42am Mon 17 Feb 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Parking is one of the main drawbacks in Clitheroe, I prefer to use Great Harwood for my shopping and banking needs.
Parking is one of the main drawbacks in Clitheroe, I prefer to use Great Harwood for my shopping and banking needs. Birtrumthegreat

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