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Sports shop Helly Hansen will be shutting its doors at Gloucester Quays for the final time in May

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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HELLY Hansen will be shutting its doors for the final time in May.

The outdoor clothing retailer opened at Gloucester Quays back in 2009 but the company has decided not to renew its lease with the outlet shopping centre.

Bosses at the Quays said they already have big names lined up to replace it but were tight-lipped on exactly who.

Bradley Keen, who works at the store, said: “The lease is up for renewal but the company has decided not to renew it.

“It is a big shame because we have a lot of customers coming to the store.

“We close on May 18 and many customers have said they are upset to see us go.

“But trade still seems on the up.”

Although the company will be leaving in May, Gloucester Quays has confirmed that they have retailers lined up for the space already.

Manager Richard Rawlings said: “We are in talks with a lot of top brands.

“It seems the company is closing a few of its stores around the country and they are concentrating on the European stores instead.

“The Quays has been up and coming, with so many new stores opening recently. We are in talks about filling this space.”

Last month The White Company shut its doors despite the best efforts of Gloucester Quays trying to save it.

The White Company admitted recently that they were shifting away from outlet centres to focus on their larger shops.

But the shopping centre is still booming.

Pioneering £1.5million plans to create a new piazza in front of the Waterways Museum were unveiled earlier this year, as family restaurant TGI Friday’s revealed it is moving there too.

Trendy bar Portivo Lounge, American restaurant Ed’s Easy Diner, Italian eatery Zizzi, Mexican joint Chimichanga and Chinese buffet The Real China all opened their doors in 2013.

Helly Hansen was founded in 1877 and is headquartered in Moss, Norway.

No-one from Helly Hansen was available for a comment before the Citizen went to press.

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  • cortezcortez  |  March 27 2014, 9:43PM

    Soon to be five McDonald's in Gloucester fat and sports don't go together

  • jas37  |  March 26 2014, 10:44PM

    It's a shame to see HH moving out (as it was with the White co) ,I understand they were trading well but as retailer Churn at Outlet Centres is reported to be typicaly around 11% per annum changes are inevitable. The Quays really needs several of the major top end brands to move in- All Saints was a good start, surely the time must be right for others to join them.

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  • taylke  |  March 26 2014, 10:30PM

    There have been notices up in the shop for several weeks announcing the closure. Good to see the Citizen as on the ball as ever!

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  • MrGarnet  |  March 26 2014, 10:16PM

    Surprised they are going. But there are a lot of other brands that can come and take their place. I think to see feel a garment and try it on is the best way.You only end up with shipping costs that wipe out online saving if that is where they are going. Products vary in size. Had a shirt from Hawes & Curtis. The helpful young lady offered me a shirt to try on as the do slim/full fit. Old fashioned service resulting in a sale no sending back and forth! And I was slim before anyone starts!!

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  • jackson99  |  March 26 2014, 10:16PM

    I wonder if they got a deal on the lease when they moved in. Now the the lease is up and the price has risen and they moving out.

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  • NibNobs  |  March 26 2014, 8:00PM

    Quays needs free parking, always has, always will.

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  • SELINA30  |  March 26 2014, 4:11PM

    The reporters at The Citizen must be losing their patience with the leader of the City Council Paul James because he is never available for comment when a shop closes but is always around should one open. Gloucester bucking the national trend Councillor James?

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