Hastings store to close after more than 40 years of trading

Halfords store in Queens Road, Hastings, closing down. SUS-160509-120505001
Halfords store in Queens Road, Hastings, closing down. SUS-160509-120505001

A long-standing store in the town centre is closing on Friday (September 9) after more than 40 years of trading.

Halfords, in Queen’s Road, is shutting its doors meaning the nearest brach from Hastings is now the shop in Ravenside Retail Park in Bexhill.

The company said the Hastings store was closing so it could offer a wider range of products at the larger Bexhill store.

A Halfords spokesman said: “We can confirm that our Hastings Queens Road store will be closing this Friday.

“Customers will now be served by our nearby Bexhill store which, being larger, means we can extend a wider service and product offering for local customers.

“Customers can look forward to seeing all of the Hastings team who will now be working at the Bexhill store and surrounding area and are ready to welcome existing and new customers to the store.”

Halfords is the latest big name retailer to leave the town centre.

At the end of last month, BHS closed its shop in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre.

The firm ceased trading after administrators failed to find a buyer for the doomed chain, which entered administration in April.

Rob Woods, town centre manager, said: “I’m disappointed to lose another iconic name from our High Street but I’m not surprised and grateful we’ve had the benefit of Halfords in Hastings for as long as we have.​​ My first thoughts are with the staff and I hope they all find alternative work.

“I’m not sure if the closure could have been avoided. It’s another example of how changing consumer spending habits are impacting on traditional town centres. Comparatively small town centre shops are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with the much larger out-of-town stores and online sales.

“The new Hastings Business Improvement District, if agreed, will combat these threats. The million pounds it would generate will make a big difference so I would urge all businesses in the BID area to vote Yes in the BID ballot next month. The immediate task though is to find a new investor for the Queens Road premises.”

Halfords sells car parts, car enhancement, camping and touring equipment and bicycles.

The company was founded by Frederick Rushbrooke in Birmingham in 1892 as a wholesale ironmongery.

In 1902, he moved to a store in Halford Street in Leicester, and the company was named after this street, and started selling cycling goods.

It opened its 200th store in 1931.

In 1968, the company opened its 300th store.

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