Grantham town centre shops and restaurants that are yet to reopen confirm plans
Many ‘non-essential’ shops in Grantham reopened as soon as they were permitted to on June 15, as lockdown restrictions were eased – but some have remain closed.
Shops were forced to close back in March to prevent the spread of Covid-19, with some of the stores in the town centre yet to reopen.
It has been confirmed this week that some of these stores will not be reopening at all.
Grantham’s Clintons store will remain closed for good.
The card and gift retailer, in High Street, has confirmed that the shop will not be reopening.
Clintons reviewed its store portfolio following the sale of the business to Esquire Retail Limited in December of last year, before taking the decision to close the Grantham store.
A representative for Clintons said: “Following the sale of the business to Esquire Retail Limited in December 2019, we are reviewing the leases in our store portfolio.
“We can confirm that the store in Grantham has closed as we were unable to agree commercial terms to support the long-term viability of the store.
“In this case, the terms of the lease renewal for our Grantham store were cost prohibitive and we have been forced to take the difficult decision to close the store.
“Our staff have been informed and we will make every effort to redeploy staff members wherever possible.”
Also earmarked for permanent closure is the Argos store, in Guildhall Street, which has been closed since the beginning of lockdown.
It will permanently close in November, following a company-wide review by Argos of its estate.
A spokesperson said: “Last September we announced a review of our estate, which included plans to close 60-70 standalone Argos stores and we have now updated colleagues on our plans to close the Guildhall Street store in November.
“Customers can continue to shop with us in nearby Sainsbury’s and Argos stores.
“Colleagues will have the opportunity to redeploy to other available roles in the area.
“We understand this will be an unsettling time for those affected and we are supporting them in any way we can.”
There is a question mark over H. Samuel, in High Street, which has so far remained closed following lockdown. The jewellery chain was unavailable for comment regarding the shop’s future at the time of going to press.
Meanwhile, restaurants have been allowed to open since ‘Super Saturday’ on July 4. Despite the new Government’s new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ initiative encouraging more people to visit restaurants, certain town centre eateries are still yet to confirm a reopening date.
One of these restaurants is the Pizza Hut chain, in London Road, which told the Journal it expects to be reopening in the not-too-distant future.
A Pizza Hut spokesperson said: “We can confirm that our Grantham Hut is temporarily closed due to the phased reopening of our Huts in light of Covid-19.
“We expect the Hut to open in the coming weeks.”
The reopening of Grantham’s PizzaExpress, in High Street, is also yet to be announced.
This is despite dozens of its restaurants across Lincolnshire and beyond having already reopened.
Earlier this month, Pizza Express announced it would close 75 restaurants but it has not yet revealed which ones.