Community leaders react to closure of Sports Direct in Worksop

Sports Direct on Bridge Place Worksop.
Sports Direct on Bridge Place Worksop.

A popular Worksop sports store is closing down - becoming yet another major retailer to quit the town centre.

Sports Direct on Bridge Place is set to shut up shop for the final time in May 2017.

The shop which sells sports clothing and equipment for the whole family, is offering reductions off their remaining stock, as well as the varying discounts already set on its sale items.

A sign inside says If an item is not already in the sale customers can take the item to the till and ask for 10 per cent to be taken off.

It is understood A total of 11 people work in the store and they have been told they will not lose their jobs within the company.

Customers are informed the nearest store is in the Bridgegate centre Retford.

Sports Direct had not replied to our request for a comment as we went to press.

The news comes after Argos in February said the company planned to close its store just yards away from Sports Direct.

Argos plans to relocate and open a store at Sainsbury’s Highgrounds, just outside of the town.

The British Heart Foundation shop on Bridge Place has also shut down. Mik Parkin, British Heart Foundation (BHF) Area Manager, said:“ The team at the Worksop shop have done a fantastic job in the area but unfortunately the shop is no longer profitable enough to warrant renewing our lease, which is coming to an end.”

David Armiger, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said:

“It is always disappointing when you lose a national brand from the high street.

“We will work hard to try and help attract another retailer or business to the premises.”

Bassetlaw MP John Mann said that both Sports Direct and Argos are increasingly reliant on Internet sales.

He added: “The nature of shopping is changing and it is good that the Council is thinking through a different kind of town centre.”

Philip Jackson, chairman of Worksop Business Forum said: “We are extremely disappointed that Sports Direct are withdrawing support from Worksop with the closure of their store.

“Many of Worksop’s customers will not be able to travel out to the Shirebrook shop.

“It is the second store in that area to close- Argos is also to close, expecting their customers to travel from town.

“The bottom of town has recently seen a small amount of regeneration with the uptake of empty units . The Sports Direct Closure is very disappointing for Worksop.”

On a positive note he said that there were grants of £2,500 available from Bassetlaw District Council for people starting small businesses

The news generated concern on the Worksop Guardian Facebook site.

Sharon Walton posted “There will be nothing left soon! Argos going, Sports Direct going, Fresh to Go Gone!! What’s next??”

Katie Lee said: “There will be nothing left in this town soon even the charity shops are closing there’s nothing here to offer any new businesses as nobody comes into town.”

Karl Mawson added: “I’d say that “soon there will only be charity shops and phone shops left”, but even the charity shops are closing down.”