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Nike factory store to close at Gloucester Quays

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 04, 2013

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THE flagship Nike store at Gloucester Quays is set to close.

Nike, one of three key stores at the Quays along with Next and Marks & Spencer, will shut its doors on May 31 and 14 jobs will be lost.

The store, which sells trainers and sportswear is one of the most popular at the outlet.

Barry Leach, of the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: "This has come as a great surprise because I thought it was doing very well.

"It is disappointing for those who work there and it leaves a big hole at the Quays."

Ryan Fortey, manager of nearby Head Kandy at the Docks, is remaining positive.

He said: "Losing Nike is not good. But we have got the cinema and the restaurants on their way, plus Nandos is having a refit, that will bring loads of people in. Shops come and go.

"I am sure all the empty units will be filled within 12 months."

Richard Robbins, from Lydney, did some of his Christmas shopping at the Nike shop. He said: "I'll definitely be sad to see it go. The Quays will have a job on their hands to replace it."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Nike said: "The Nike Factory Store at Gloucester Quays will close on May 31.

"The store currently employs 14 members of staff. Where loss of employment occurs as a result of the closure, Nike will appropriately manage and support our employees."

Gloucester Quays failed to comment.

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  • ATTERS72  |  May 22 2013, 12:24AM

    Funny how the fact it is staying open hasn't made the news.

  • newreader10  |  May 05 2013, 4:53PM

    I always thought the Nike shop was expensive.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  May 05 2013, 12:36AM

    The Quays needs a mcdonalds.

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  • gloslad27  |  May 05 2013, 12:33AM

    You cant please some people. The Quays may not be as busy as many city centre shopping centres. I dont expect many of you have been to outlets that have opened in the past 4 years remember it opened during a recession where alot of companies are saving money by not opening stores. There are some expensive shops there which is what the city needs most of you cant afford to feed or heat the house so your keep shopping at primark for ALL you clothes. Some people like style which is what I think the quays has got.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  May 04 2013, 9:18PM

    They're shutting is because all there products are expensive.

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  • maurice1941  |  May 04 2013, 7:37PM

    ALSO there is nothing hardly anything in the docks to attract tourists and the Quays i see people just walk though and never go in shops ,complete waste of time but Richard Graham will sort it out he will get another supermarket to open and get his pic taken

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  • Richardburton  |  May 04 2013, 7:18PM

    There really is not anything at the quays worth looking at money is tight and if you need anything for the home then most people will go to a supermarket or use argos. Thay need some family things to do down there to attract the family's. We could do with something for the youths to do,perhaps like the 50's a cafe with music and cheap food. How about a soft play for the really youngsters but it must reasonable priced. Also need a art classes to paint say the docks etc. I always found Nike very expensive for what they were....Clothes and trainers!

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  • honslknjklyt  |  May 04 2013, 3:27PM

    The Quays is a complete waste of time. The nicest shop that used to be there was "Past times". That has gone. I can't stand it, it is nothing but expensive clothes shops and expensive kitchen ware. A pound shop would do it some good. Now the best thing about it is the book shop as there is not one like it in the town centre and costa coffee. Aside that, nothing at all. I am not into sport, don't wear suits, don't do cooking and I certainly don't go camping or hiking.

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  • gloscityguy  |  May 04 2013, 10:00AM

    and so it begins. although I'm sure they will be replaced within 12 months, and you'll then be able to buy things for 99p while you drink a Costa coffee outside a Starbucks at the Quays. The developers knew the Quays would mean the end of the city centre, so would be a bit of karma if that place became a ghost town too

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  • ATTERS72  |  May 04 2013, 9:32AM

    The nike shop in mcarthur glenn in bridgend is also possibly closing. Although it appears the citizen are a bit hasty with this story. Retailers are constantly looking to re-negotiate rent when there lease ends and I guess this is the case here.If you didnt read the article carefully you may also get the impression that next and m&s were closing.

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