Hildreds ‘anticipates’ new store interest

The Hildreds Centre in Skegness "anticipates" the arrival of new stores in the near future.

The Hildreds Centre in Skegness "anticipates" the arrival of new stores in the near future.

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THE owners of the Hildreds shopping centre in Skegness have revealed that new stores could soon be moving into the site.

In recent weeks the shopping centre has suffered a number of blows, following the closure of several businesses.

Just two months ago the centre had been operating with 100 per cent of its shops occupied.

But that figure has taken a large knock in recent weeks.

First the Jonathan James shoe shop and then La Senza closed their doors.

And, just the other weekend, the Publishers Book Clearance discount book store also pulled out of the centre.

But there may be a silver lining to the economic cloud after the centre’s owners, NewRiver Retail, said they “anticipated” having new tenants in the vacant units “in the near future”.

A spokesperson said: “Some turnover of shops is an inevitability of our continually changing high street.

“As owners and operators of shopping centres throughout the UK, we are in constant discussions with retailers who are looking for new space.

“We anticipate having replacement tenants within the vacant units in the near future although whilst discussions are ongoing we are unable to name who those retailers might be.”

Skegness & District Chamber of Commerce chair Glenis Brown said she was very pleased to hear that the vacant units may have a promising future.

“The company that ran the Hildreds previously were always excellent at filling spaces in the site and it seems like the new owners are equally capable, and that can be nothing but good news,” she said.

“It looks like the Hildreds will be carrying on in the same old tradition where it has always worked hard to replace empty spaces in the past.

“Well done to the Hildreds and I hope they fill the spaces soon.”