City centre store is set to close

SHEFFIELD city centre has suffered a blow with an announcement that budget department store TJ Hughes is to close on November 17.

However, the company says it is aiming to continue trading in the city centre by relocating initially to small premises, then to a ‘full-size’ store.

The shop at the corner of High Street and Arundel Gate was saved from closure a year ago when Lewis’s Home Retail took it over.

Now the firm says landlord Standard Life is not renewing the lease because it wants to redevelop the site.

It is expected that the smaller TJ Hughes will employ 40 of the current 109 full and part-time staff, with others having the chance to return to any larger site next year. A possible location for the new store has not been revealed.

Sales director Chris McKeown said the company did not want to leave Sheffield.

He added: “I cannot stress how disappointed we are about having to leave this building, it is the last thing we want to do.

“It is really important the people of Sheffield understand we’re going to do our best to stay in Sheffield city centre.”

A total of 53 TJ Hughes shops across the country, including the branch in Doncaster, closed last year.