Big name retailer leaves town

Everything must go!

One of the oldest names on Eastleigh’s Market Street, Currys, will be pulling down their shutters for the last time on April 29 due to lack of business.

In the ‘60s and ‘70s Currys were located at the opposite side of the road to their current premises which was then a branch of Dixons.

At that time Currys sold a wide variety of goods including fridges and bicycles – when Dixons bought the chain out, the name ‘Currys’ disappeared from Market Street for a while but returned when the Dixons store was rebranded as ’Currys Digital’ selling high tech items.

The closure means that DSG – the Dixons group – have pulled out of Eastleigh town centre completely leaving the town without a dedicated electrical retail store (hands up if you remember Nalder & Cox).

A member of staff, who did not wish to be named, told Eastleigh News:

‘We simply weren’t doing enough business in Eastleigh’

adding that there would be no redundancies as staff have been relocated.

The nearest branch of Curry’s will now be at Hedge End retail park and the Eastleigh store is selling off its remaining stock at a discount.

Meanwhile another business nearby in Wells Place – the Perfume Warehouse – is also holding a closing down sale although no one was available for comment.

  4 comments for “Big name retailer leaves town

  1. Andy Lombardi
    April 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    As a consumer of some 55 years in Eastleigh I am seeing all my fears come to fruition. We have a cash hungry council seeking to raise revenue in any possible way, and this was before the current financial downturn.

    Business rates up, parking up (not by pence but in 25% jumps!), parking charges now on a Sunday. The people can’t afford to park so go to the Retail Parks and make a day out of it! It’s not a rocket science to evaluate why the shops are moving out or shutting down completely. And when the shops leave they leave behind unemployed people.

    This town is going to be a ghost town.

  2. Peter Stewart
    April 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    So Currys is transferring to HEDGE END where the parking is FREE. Says it all really!

    Here is my policy.

    What Eastleigh needs now is a COURAGEOUS COUNCIL. It does not matter which political party dominates as long as it has the courage to admit it has got it wrong on its anti-car policy.

    The anti-car policy is killing Eastleigh as a retail centre. The anti-car policy must be abandoned before Eastleigh becomes a ghost town.

    The core of Eastleigh is the quadrangle formed by High Street, Factory Road, High Street and Leigh Road, with access roads to these. These roads need to be restored to a full width mini-gyro system, with free 30 minute parking either side. The pavements must be reduced in width to allow this.

    Far from threatening the Swan Centre and Sainsburys located at either end of the quadrangle, this would benefit them. The top priority is to bring CARS back into the centre of Eastleigh. Without cars there are fewer shoppers. Without enough shoppers there is no hustle and bustle. Without hustle and bustle, there is no trade.

    By implementing my policy, Eastleigh would be restored to its full potential within three years.

  3. Peter Stewart
    April 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Apologies: I should have said the quadrangle is formed by MARKET St, Factory Rd, High St and Leigh Road. Seems I already promoted the Town to TWO High Streets!:-)

  4. Peter Stewart
    April 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Take a look at some of the other roads in Eastleigh! Damned great concrete balls and chicanes and road humps all obstruct free flow of traffic. I repeat: This Council has an ANTI-CAR POLICY!

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