House of Fraser in town will stay open

MP CON­FIRMS STORE’S FU­TURE AF­TER MONTHS OF UN­CER­TAINTY

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By ELIS SAND­FORD

THE fu­ture of Leam­ing­ton Spa’s House of Fraser has been re­vealed – and it’s good news for War­wick­shire shop­pers.

Af­ter months of un­cer­tainty, dur­ing which there were fears that the store on the Pa­rade could close, Leam­ing­ton’s MP has now re­vealed that the de­part­ment store will in fact re­main open.

Matt Western MP has re­leased a state­ment, con­firm­ing the news, in what is def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive for both con­sumers and staff at the store.

In June, the Leam­ing­ton store was iden­ti­fied for clo­sure, but the takeover by Sports Di­rect owner, busi­ness­man Mike Ash­ley, res­cued many of the chain’s 59 out­lets.

Ash­ley re­cently blamed “greedy land­lords” for the clo­sures of their other stores.

Matt Western, MP for War­wick and Leam­ing­ton said: “Since the takeover of House of Fraser was an­nounced I have worked tire­lessly to se­cure the fu­ture of the Leam­ing­ton store and I was ob­vi­ously de­lighted when they told me it would re­main open. “Over the past months I have met with House of Fraser man­age­ment as well as the land­lord in Lon­don to try and bring about a deal.

“It says a lot about the at­trac­tion of our area and Leam­ing­ton in par­tic­u­lar as a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.

“Fi­nally, I’m sure the em­ploy­ees will be as­sured by the news and for whom the past few months have been par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult.”

Else­where in the re­gion, Wolver­hamp­ton’s House of Fraser, lo­cated in the iconic Beat­ties store, is set to be trans­formed into a Sports Di­rect.

It says a lot about the at­trac­tion of our area and Leam­ing­ton in par­tic­u­lar as a shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.

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