Doncaster's House of Fraser store to close next month, bosses confirm

Doncaster’s House of Fraser store is to finally close its doors next month, after a rollercoaster last few years in business.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 8:50 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:00 am

Bosses at the ailing department store chain have confirmed that the Baxtergate store will close for good in February – bringing to an end an uncertain few years for the shop.

In 2018, the store was one of dozens of House of Fraser outlets earmarked for closure after the firm ran into financial difficulties.

The chain was then taken over by retail magnate Mike Ashley and was given a reprieve with jobs and the store saved.

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House of Fraser in Doncaster is closing its doors.

But now the Doncaster store is set to meet its final fate, along with other stores across the country which are also closing their doors.

However, a number of House of Fraser branches are being turned into high-end luxury goods stores called Frasers, including the branch in Sheffield’s Meadowhall.

In September 2018, the store was among a list of 20 House of Fraser stores at which new terms have been agreed with landlords, meaning the branch could stay open.

Back then, Mr Ashley, said: "It's great news that we've already rescued approximately half of the stores that were due to close under a CVA announced by the previous owners.

"We continue to hope to save at least 80% of stores. We've showed what we can achieve on the British high street when we work together with landlords.

The Doncaster branch became a House of Fraser discount outlet store in 2008 after trading as department store Binns for several decades.

The retail giant started life back in 1849 as a small drapery shop in Glasgow and during the 1970s rapidly expanded, buying drapers across Scotland, Ireland and England as well as other department stores and Army and Navy stores as well as iconic luxury store Harrods in 1959.

The Doncaster branch opened in the mid-70s on the site of the former Owen and Owen store.

It’s closure comes after a number of other high profile retail closures in Doncaster with Topshop and Topman also set to close in the coming weeks.