Another one bites the dust

A trip to the Lichfield is starting to become a little bit of a spot the closing down sale contest.

Ponden Mill is the latest store to throw in the towel and there doesn’t appear to be many signs that other outlets will be stepping in to fill the void.

The disappearance of this store adds to the loss of Post Office and Happit which have already left holes in the top end of town. When added to Woolworths and some of the Tudor Row shops, the shopping scene doesn’t look great.

Winning new stores back to these vacant spots is going to be tough and it’s likely that Lichfield’s shopping will ever return to the old format – something which makes the Friarsgate development even more of a puzzle.

After all, if we can’t fill the current holes in our shopping landscape, what hope do we have once a new development is built?

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3 Comments

  1. Stuart Harrison

    11th March, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Is it actually closing down this time? For as long as I can remember there’s been closing down sale signs up. Same with Shoe Zone up by TJ’s. Methinks it’s a ruse to get the punters in.

  2. Sammy J

    11th March, 2009 at 9:27 am

    It would appear so as there’s a note in the window from staff thanking the customers.

  3. Nick

    11th March, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    They’ve been closing down for ages now, they had up signs when I still worked at the 3 Store (another one to bite the dust).

    That Priceless Shoes place has closed at the bottom of the street too – leaving a gap at the bottom of the precinct. I bet Three Spires are really feeling the pinch now, they’re going to need to hike rent up if they don’t find replacements soon.

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