As Topshop and Topman are set to close in Blackburn within the next few weeks, here is a look at other businesses that have shutdown in the town centre.

Da Vinci

Independent fashion retailer, DaVinci, moved into a prominent position in The Mall in Blackburn in 2019, doubling its size and adding a ladieswear range.

It had previously spent eight years in a shop on King William Street, but moved to the former tReds premises next door to Primark and opposite Costa Coffee.

The new store, which has twice the capacity of the old shop allowed owner, Zulf Ali, was to offer ladieswear for the first time.

However it closed in October last year.

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HISTORIC menswear retailer Greenwoods closed its doors in Blackburn in November 2018.

Staff at The Mall's branch were given the bad news a year after the following year the chain, which dates back to 1860, was bought out of administration by Versatile Bradford-based International Trading Ltd.

Twenty-two sites were identified for closure initially but Blackburn was identified as one of the locations to be saved.


USC closed its doors back in 2017 and its 13 staff were expected to be offered jobs at other stores for the chain, owned by Sports Direct.


Waterstones in Blackburn closed its doors for good back in October 2016

When the book giant moved into the former Toyland outlet, in November 2013, it formed part of a wave of new smaller stores for the books giant.

And it represented the first specialist book seller for Blackburn since Bookland, formerly known as Seed and Garbutt, closed its Lord Square shop in 2004.

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Poundworld closed two Blackburn stores in 2018, which saw more than 20 people lose their jobs in the town alone.

This came as 80 stores across the UK closed - losing more than 1,000 jobs.

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It's not just the shops that have been disappearing from the high street.

Hugo's Mexican Bar and Eatery

Hugo’s Mexican Bar and Eatery bosses told customers on Facebook they were to shut the business in March of last year.

The outlet, ran by David Wilcock and Raychel Dullenty, expanded from a stall on Blackburn Market to a restaurant in Northgate.

Both Mr Wilcock and Mrs Dullenty said they were extremely sad to see the business go but they did not rule out opening some form of food outlet in the town.

King BBQ

In August, it was reported shutters had been drawn at King BBQ, in King William Street, Blackburn, for several weeks.

A notice to customers stated the premises, which opened two doors down from McDonald's, had been temporarily closed ‘for personal circumstances’.

And a planning application, now withdrawn, was posted close to the shop, seeking permission for a new shopfront after the premises had officially opened.

It was later confirmed that the barbecue shop will no longer be operating out of the site.

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While there's been no official decision made on East Lancashire's stores bosses at the retailer confirmed that 40 stores were set to close across the UK.

The company has also not released figures on how many jobs will be affected by the closure announced to date.

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