YBNews understands that although outlet enjoyed healthy trading and a loyal customer base, its fate was sealed when the lease came up for renewal and it was outbid by another retailer. Tony McDonough reports.
Around 15 people will lose their jobs when kitchenware store Lakeland closes its outlet in Liverpool One in April.
The news will come as a blow to cooking and baking enthusiasts across the city region. The two nearest stores are Chester and Manchester.
YBNews understands that although the South John Street outlet enjoyed healthy trading and a loyal customer base, its fate was sealed when the lease came up for renewal and it was outbid for the unit by another national retailer.
It is believed the new tenant will be River Island Kids – an offshoot of the national fashion chain.
Efforts were made to find alternative roles for the staff but the lack of another local Lakeland store meant all will now be made redundant.
There is a notice at the tills informing customers of the closure and staff have been inundated with messages of support from devastated customers.
Lakeland was a family firm that began trading in the early 1960s and today operates almost 70 stores across the UK.
With its range innovative gadgets and cooking utensils it is the go-to place for cooking and baking enthusiasts. It also stocks homewares and garden products.