Dorothy Perkins & Burton on Bangor High Street are set to close in the new year, with six jobs at risk. The news follows the closure of Dorothy Perkins and Burtons in Rhyl along with Dorothy Perkins in Llandudno’s Victoria Centre in 2017.
The women’s clothing store only returned to Bangor in 2015 after a six year absence, and has been sharing a two store unit with the existing Burton. The retail unit is up for sale for £300,000 or to let for £35,000 per year.
The store closure is another blow to Bangor High Street and could further affect footfall in the city centre. A report detailing the economic health of high streets across Wales found the percentage of empty shops in Bangor had fallen from 25.4% in 2013 to 19.4% in 2017.
The Welsh Retail and Leisure Trends report had found the percentage of independent retailers in Bangor had risen to 40.8% up from 37.2% in 2013. Bangor has 4.3% Charity shops, a slight increase from the pervious year.
9.9% of Bangor’s retail units are classified as being persistently vacant (Over 3 years) with 51.4% of all the vacant retail units in the city being empty for more than 3 years. 1.3% of Bangor’s retail units are in the ‘Booze, Money and Gambling’ category.