Homebase to close within weeks

Homebase in Leyland is closing down
Homebase in Leyland is closing down

Leyland’s Homebase store is set to close by Christmas.

As previously reported in the Guardian, the town’s Homebase, near Morrisons and Argos in Olympian Way, looked set to shut its doors after being placed on a ‘proposed closure’ blacklist in September.

A spokesman today said: “Following a period of consultation with colleagues, we have announced that the Homebase store in Leyland will close on Saturday, December 13.

“Colleagues at the store have been informed and we will be working with them over the next few weeks to support them as much as possible.

“Where possible we will also look for opportunities for colleagues at nearby Homebase and Argos stores.”

The Home Retail Group, which owns Homebase and Argos, announced in 2012 that it intended to close 40 ‘unprofitable’ Homebase shops across the country within five years, as 65 store leases were due to expire in that time.

Stores affected include those that are losing money or that overlap with nearby Homebase shops.

This week, it was further announced that the number of stores would fall by around 25 per cent, a loss of about 80 outlets in the period up to early 2018.

The company has already shut its Homebase stores in Watford, Kirkcaldy, Taunton, Huddersfield, Burnley, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Sunderland, Loughborough and Grimsby.

In all instances, Plymouth-based homeware and leisure retailer The Range moved into the vacant units and took over the leases.

In one case, it was announced that The Range intended to invite all Homebase employees for an interview to work in the new store.

The Range did not respond to the Guardian’s questions about any plans to move to Leyland.