Shopping streets of Ringwood hit again as four more stores close their doors

Bournemouth Echo: Shopping streets of Ringwood hit again as four more stores close their doors Shopping streets of Ringwood hit again as four more stores close their doors

THE shopping streets of Ringwood are set to take a knock again, with several shops closing down after years of trading.

The popular Paperview bookshop – which hosted high-profile book signings and talks – is closing after seven years. Underwear shop Lolie and Bella is also closing down at the end of March, and its owner says poor trading over the last few months, plus high rents and rates, are to blame.

Even a complete overhaul has not saved Denise Davenport’s Prêt a Porter dress agency after 13 years – she is set to close up soon, too. Gibbs Menswear is also closing down.

The news comes after Blockbuster went into administration and closed before Christmas. There are already 19 closed shop units in the town.

However, Carr and Neave commercial agents have agreed a sale at 13-15 West Street, and lets have been agreed at the former Shoe Zone in Meeting House Lane, Escape Hairdressers in Market Place and the former Streets Toyshop in Christchurch Road.

New money could also come into Ringwood if a new development for up to 175 new homes planned for fields off Crow Arch Lane, gets the go-ahead.

Karen Navarette of Lolie and Bella said: “I just haven’t had enough footfall.

“I had a tough autumn and winter season and I just took the decision not to keep battling anymore. It is sad but the high rents and council tax has made it difficult for me keep going.”

At Prêt a Porter Mrs Davenport said: “I am devastated.

“This shop has been my life for the last 13 years and despite every effort and support from the community, I am so sad that it has had to come to this.”

Paperview owner Trevor Johnson said that his decision to close was personal and was not a tale of high street woe.

He said: “We will be open all through February and into March. We have had seven lovely years with wonderful customers and last year we put on some great events. But the writing is on the wall for bookshops in general with the advent of technology.”

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:31pm Tue 4 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Dead zone - good butcher and baker does not a high street make.
Dead zone - good butcher and baker does not a high street make. whataboutthat

7:20pm Tue 4 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

New money could also come into Ringwood if a new development for up to 175 new homes planned for fields off Crow Arch Lane, gets the go-ahead......

Flood risk?
New money could also come into Ringwood if a new development for up to 175 new homes planned for fields off Crow Arch Lane, gets the go-ahead...... Flood risk? BIGTONE

9:49pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sad but where Is the evidence that the high street will still be in existence in 10 years time
Sad but where Is the evidence that the high street will still be in existence in 10 years time kalebmoledirt

10:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

I just don't understand why 'rates are to blame'. It's not that all of the stores are full, so not exactly a landlords market currently.
I just don't understand why 'rates are to blame'. It's not that all of the stores are full, so not exactly a landlords market currently. Chris@Bmouth

5:58am Wed 5 Feb 14

power_ranger says...

This is excellent news for affordable housing.
Hopefully the council will grab the opportunity to convert ex-commercial properties back into the homes they were originally designed to be, before the rise and fall of the high-street shopping model.
This is excellent news for affordable housing. Hopefully the council will grab the opportunity to convert ex-commercial properties back into the homes they were originally designed to be, before the rise and fall of the high-street shopping model. power_ranger

10:47am Wed 5 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Chris@Bmouth wrote:
I just don't understand why 'rates are to blame'. It's not that all of the stores are full, so not exactly a landlords market currently.
Plenty of empty shops in Bournemouth due to high rates and council tax, yet they still keep building more. Clearly neither the landlords nor the council are willing to drop their rates just in case someone can afford them. Surely halving the rent and rates in order to get tenants makes more money than not getting anything, but still having to maintain the property?
[quote][p][bold]Chris@Bmouth[/bold] wrote: I just don't understand why 'rates are to blame'. It's not that all of the stores are full, so not exactly a landlords market currently.[/p][/quote]Plenty of empty shops in Bournemouth due to high rates and council tax, yet they still keep building more. Clearly neither the landlords nor the council are willing to drop their rates just in case someone can afford them. Surely halving the rent and rates in order to get tenants makes more money than not getting anything, but still having to maintain the property? speedy231278

11:28am Wed 5 Feb 14

pd7 says...

Rates Rates Rates
Rates Rates Rates pd7

11:51am Wed 5 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

pd7 wrote:
Rates Rates Rates
Not necessarily

I can only speak for Gibbs but I am surprised that they kept going as long as they did

Very old fashioned merchandise at VERY inflated prices
[quote][p][bold]pd7[/bold] wrote: Rates Rates Rates[/p][/quote]Not necessarily I can only speak for Gibbs but I am surprised that they kept going as long as they did Very old fashioned merchandise at VERY inflated prices billy bumble

5:18pm Wed 5 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Look at Winton,loads of empty shops,charity shops and cafes galore,little parking,and of course estate agents,especially big group near St Johns church.and great for getting waylaid by Big Issue sellers.and beggars.
Look at Winton,loads of empty shops,charity shops and cafes galore,little parking,and of course estate agents,especially big group near St Johns church.and great for getting waylaid by Big Issue sellers.and beggars. pete woodley

8:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

pd7 wrote:
Rates Rates Rates
Think...............
Centrepoint.
[quote][p][bold]pd7[/bold] wrote: Rates Rates Rates[/p][/quote]Think............... Centrepoint. O'Reilly

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree