A popular outdoor apparel store is set to close its doors permanently, as Mountain Warehouse announces its retreat from Newport.
Some speculation has surrounded the High Street store – which closed temporarily in line with Government coronavirus lockdown rules – due to a ‘to let’ sign being erected on the building, with a listing appearing on property site Rightmove.
It comes as the adventure clothing giant revealed last year that almost 2,000 jobs were at risk, with founder Mark Neale admitting that the chain had experienced a ‘catastrophic’ fall in sales during the first lockdown.
The online listing for the 2,865 square foot store at 117 High Street reveals it has been advertised for let at the cost of £4,792 per calendar month. No date has currently been set for the store’s permanent closure, but the retail unit is set to be available for a new tenant on 28th September.
Island Echo approached retailer Mountain Warehouse – which has had a presence in Newport for several years – to clarify the future of its store.
A Mountain Warehouse spokesperson said:
“Sadly the Newport Isle of Wight store is set to close and won’t reopen.”
There is no word yet on the number of job losses expected by the closure, or if the closure is directly related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mountain Warehouse is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of national chains that have pulled out from Newport, with Topman, Topshop and Co-Op just some of the stores rolling down their shutters so far this year.
UPDATE @ 09.51 (1/4/21) – Despite yesterday’s confirmation from the national chain Mountain Warehouse regarding the ‘permanent closure’ of its Newport High Street store, the company has issued an updated statement regarding its future on the Isle of Wight.
Yesterday, Island Echo was told by the chain that its Newport store would permanently close. Today (Thursday), the outdoor clothing retailer has revealed that despite its store closing, it won’t be the end of its presence in the town.
A Mountain Warehouse spokesperson told Island Echo:
“The Isle of Wight is a key location for us, and we are proud to have a presence on the Island. We will be re-opening both of our stores there (Ryde and Newport), but it’s likely we’ll be relocating to a much bigger unit in the Newport area later in the year”.
There has been no exact date given for the opening of the new Newport store. Ryde’s store will be unaffected by the changes.