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Another Brooks Centre store to close in Winchester
1:26pm Monday 19th March 2012 in Winchester
A Winchester clothes store has become the latest victim of the economic climate.
Eton Brown, in the Brooks Shopping Centre, is set to close at the end of the month after two years in business.
Owner Martin Ricketts said this was due to a number of factors including limited footfall and the recession, but did not rule out returning to Winchester if the market improved.
He said they hoped to still be open for the Easter Bank Holiday.
He said: “The Brooks Centre has a limited footfall shall we say and obviously the recession and the rent was coming up for renewal and the new lease being discussed, it was thought that the commercial viability wasn’t there as strong as it could have been.”
Mr Ricketts said although sales at the men’s and women’s clothes store had actually grown by 30 per cent over last year, it still needed more than that to keep it sustainable.
“You expect a certain footfall and certain value to keep the shop going.”
The store, which employs four staff, is one of three with others at Salisbury and Andover, however the store in Salisbury closed last October.