Administration blow for health food shop

SKEGNESS has been dealt a further employment blow after another shop in the heart of the town closed its doors.

The Julian Graves store in the Hildreds Shopping Centre has now ceased trading after its parent company went into administration in July.

Despite efforts by administrators Deloitte LLP to find a buyer the store was forced to clear its shelves last week.

The Julian Graves chain has around 189 stores in the UK, and around 363 full-time equivalent jobs could be at risk nationwide if all of the outlets cease trading.

The shop’s sister company Holland and Barrett is said to be unaffected by the administration.

Glenis Brown, Chair of the Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce, said she thought it was ‘worrying’ when shops find themselves in trouble.

She said: “We’ve just got to hope the visitors have been spending well during the good weather as the rain has got things off to a bad start.

“There have been good reports from people who have visited Skegness and we’re doing well compared to other towns.

“We have to hope the good weather continues and I hope that the administrators find a buyer or The Hildreds are able to get another tenant in that unit as soon as possible.”

The news of Julian Graves’ troubles follows a number of store closures and business scares in the heart of town this year.

In the Hildreds the Publishers Book Clearance discount store remains closed but has been transformed into a TikTap information shop that it is hoped will help to drive trade in town.

The centre’s former La Senza site also remains shut.

However, there have also been a number of good news stories. The former shoe shop Jonathan James has now been occupied by a discount clothes retailer, while GAME in the Hildreds survived its own brush with administration.

And, on Lumley Road, Peacocks and Clinton Cards were also saved from the axe, while the temporarily mothballed Subway outlet has now reopened.

Builders are also working on the former Marks & Spencer store ahead of its re-opening as a Poundland on August 9, when it will create 25 new jobs. To mark the occasion it will host a family fun day on August 11, when Coronation Street’s Eva Price - aka Catherine Tyldesley - will sign autographs. From 10am Eva will be giving out £1 vouchers for use in store.