City cen­tre depart­ment store clo­sure an­nounced

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.”

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