END OF AN ERA AS LADIES REALM TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE AFTER 60 YEARS

It’s a name that every Islander knows as it has been a staple of the High Street for some 60 years, but the owners of Ladies Realm have announced that their remaining stores in Ryde and Sandown are to permanently close later this year.

Ladies Realm was originally founded in Worcestershire by Eric and Pam Stubbs back in 1954, but it was a day trip to the Isle of Wight that prompted the Stubbs to expand the business. By April 1961, their first Island shop was opened in Sandown and the operation eventually transferred entirely to the Isle of Wight.

A branch was opened in Shanklin in the late 1960s and moved to a larger, corner site in 2000, but closed in February 2020 due to retirement. It was during the 1970s that 2 small shops were opened in Ryde, which were later sold to move to the larger, current premises at 3 & 4 High Street.

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Back in Sandown, the Ladies Realm branch known as Bed, Body & Beach was opened in 2004 selling nightwear, lingerie and swimwear, as well as costume jewellery. This branch has since closed and the ranges moved into the main corner site, which was originally 2 buildings but underwent a large refurbishment in 1969.

The coronavirus pandemic has been blamed in part for the decision to close the last remaining stores, with the situation noticeably accelerating online shopping habits. It’s said that the pandemic created problems in the supply and delivery of the fashions on offer too.

Ladies Realm Ryde will close at 16:00 on Saturday 30th October, with Ladies Realm Sandown closing at 16:00 on Saturday 6th November.

Ladies Realm in Sandown, which originally opened in 1961

In a statement, a spokesperson for the business has said:

“It is with much regret that we must inform you of the permanent closure of our Ladies Realm shops in Ryde and Sandown by the end of the year.

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“We would like to thank our loyal customers for supporting our shops over the last 60 years, through good times and hard. Our thanks and appreciation must also be voiced for the members of staff that have worked in our 6 shops, many who stayed over 20 years (and a few over 30 years!)”.

Gift vouchers and outstanding credit notes must be used to purchase goods before closing on 30th October 2021. Rewards and loyalty cards will continue to collect points until 17:00 on Saturday 18th September, but loyalty points can be used in payment until 16:00 on Saturday 30th October 2021.

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Terry
Terry
5 days ago

Remember Sue Jackson running it in the 80s- 90s.

Theresa Davies
Theresa Davies
5 days ago

Please don’t let it become another charity shop !!!!

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
5 days ago

They didn’t move with the times, Marks and Spencers will be next.

Mmmm
Mmmm
5 days ago

Big pat on the back for surviving on Sandown high street for that long. How any ‘non-food’ retailer can do that is beyond me.

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
Reply to  Mmmm
4 days ago

I hope that “Fields” don’t go the same way. Let’s face it,the end of high street shopping in most of the countrys towns was when Woolworths shut up shop,if they can’t make it work then no one can.

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
5 days ago

Well, I for one am gutted. I’ve spent many an hour admiring there wonderful shop window displays. Does anybody no what they are going to do with there manerquins? I’d buy one.

Theresa Davies
Theresa Davies
Reply to  Ting tong from tooting
5 days ago

Pop in and ask!

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
Reply to  Theresa Davies
5 days ago

I can’t, it’s a bit embarrassing. Do they come semi-clothed,or do you have to buy the extras separet ?

AMA
AMA
Reply to  Ting tong from tooting
5 days ago

Whatever floats your boat.

Lee
Lee
5 days ago

Such a shame they sell nice quality items.

Alan
Alan
5 days ago

So sorry to see another independent business go! It is so hard out there. I wish you all the very best for your future.

plato
plato
5 days ago

“its a name that every Islander knows” er no it isn’t – the first I heard of it is in this article, sadly – and I suspect thats part of the problem.In todays internet world independants like this in a small town really don’t stand a chance. Shame.

Chris
Chris
5 days ago

Sorry their clothes look like they are from another era – they need to move with the times!

RayW
RayW
4 days ago

Who writes these headlines? “.. to permanently close …”, why not “to close permanently …” Sadly, people have no respect for their language anymore.

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