TWO long-established Worthing shops are due to close – fuelling fears of even deeper depression prospects for the town centre.
“Closing down” notices have appeared in the windows of two South Street businesses, health foods specialists Julian Graves and footwear firm Stead & Simpson.
All Julian Graves stores have been put in the hands of administrators Deloitte, and it is understood the Worthing branch will close this Saturday after its half-price sale.
About eight staff will be affected at Stead and Simpson, although the closure date was not confirmed by the company’s head office.
A spokeswoman told the Herald: “The decision to close a store is always a difficult one that is not taken lightly. and we always try to re-deploy any staff affected to nearby stores wherever possible.”
The spokeswoman attributed the Worthing store’s demise to “rising costs and poor performance”.
But it is not all doom and gloom on the trading scene.
On Sunday (August 5), a new shop, called Inspired by the Sea, opened at 20 The Promenade, Worthing.
It is to be run by husband-and-wife team, John and Belinda Robinson, specialising in locally made crafts and gifts, and it is situated in the former Tourist Information Centre, just east of the pier entrance.
“This is the realisation of a long-held dream,” said Belinda, who is responsible for making many of the seaside-themed items. “We have always loved the ever-changing moods of the sea and, having moved to Worthing in 2006, I was inspired to start making things for our home.”