Another store bites the dust in Wrexham. December 14th Homebase closes. The town is well on it’s way to being a ghost town. I am not sure whether it is Internet shopping or just a general trend of High street chains not living up to it’s targets.
Such a shame as there will now be no store near by since Chester & Oswestry closed. Wonder if its the property owner not reducing the rent enough, now will not receive anything with empty premises or is it Homebase asking for an un-realistic drop in rent??
I’m pretty confident that no-one is going to lose any sleep over the loss of Homebase from a consumer POV – there’s a B&Q at spitting distance from it, Wickes other side of town, Colour Supplies and probably a number of other local hardware/DIY stores people could go to if they wanted to.
Don’t get me wrong it’s a crap time for the staff losing their jobs smack right before Christmas – seems to be a lot of job losses lately.
I mentioned the sad announcement of Homebase’s closure to someone today , and he seemed to think that a replacement firm was already lined up for the Plas Coch venue.
I might be mistaken, I’ll have to ask him again when I see him next, but I think he said it was Grange. https://www.grangefen.co.uk/
Again, I’m not sure, and I’ll ask him again when I see him.
This isn’t a local problem. In 2016, HomeBase was taken over by an Australian company that completely misjudged the British market and quickly bailed out, selling the investment for £1 with little regard for the painful consequences that would have for the staff. I’m not holding my breath but perhaps some other big high street name will take advantage of a well positioned retail opportunity.
A major problem with Wrexham is the fact that our Councillors/Officers are not well versed with business acumen and experience. Go to Oswestry/ Shrewsbury on a Saturday and they are like Wrexham used to be years ago. There seems to be no business planning or long term strategy. Our town centre will be full of flats but the occupants will have to go elsewhere for goods. Our Councillors are more conscious of their own respective constituencies rather than the well being and future of our town. But at the end of the day we vote them in. We have a consultancy programme about future planning but that’s just for residential properties not business. Show some leadership Councillors and give Wrexham hope for the future.
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