City centre department store closure announced
DEPARTMENT store Rossiters yesterday announced it will be closing its Cardiff branch.
Owners of the Bath-based company, best known for its homewares, said they would be closing the Royal Arcade store on April 1 saying they could no longer afford to trade in a big city centre location.
A closing down sale will start on Friday, February 10.
When it opened in August 2007, it became the first retail tenant on the site of the revamped former David Morgan department store, which had shut its doors in 2005.
In a statement yesterday morning, the store’s owners said: “Rossiters has traded happily in the Royal Arcade for the last 10 years.
“We are all very proud of the store which we think has provided the city with something a little different.
“Our lease will come to an end in April and we have taken the excruciatingly hard decision not to renew it.
“Since we opened our doors in early 2007 retail has undergone something of a revolution and very sadly we can no longer afford to trade in this big city centre location.”
The store initially employed 10 and sells a range of furniture, homeware and gifts.
Rossiters is a privately-owned family business and started life in Bath.
The original store – Rossiters of Bath – is well-established on Bath’s Broad Street, where it first opened in 1961 run by Ann and Michael Rossiter as a small jewellery shop.
When the Cardiff branch opened, Ann-Marie James, buying director for Rossiters, said: “We have handpicked every product with our Cardiff customers in mind.
“We wanted to create a shopping experience that appealed to all the different types of customer.”
Yesterday, managing director Peter James said: “In announcing this closure I would like to thank my staff who have been ably led by our manager Alan Lowe.
“The standard of presentation in the shop has never faltered thanks to your hard work. Ironically we are currently experiencing our best trading ever so we know we remain a popular part of the Cardiff landscape.
“To our wonderful customers, friends and fellow tenants – thank you for your support and kind comments. We are very sad to be leaving Cardiff.”