In what is becoming an all too familiar announcement another store within the Guildhall Shopping Centre is closing. Poundland operates one of the larger units within the shopping centre but is being forced to close on Monday 23rd August 2021.
In a statement to Stafford FM, Poundland said “We’re as disappointed as our colleagues and customers to be closing our store in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford, on Monday 23 August. We would have liked to stay, but the landlord has asked us to leave. We are looking at other options for Stafford.”
The Guildhall was acquired by Mercia Real Estate in May and this closure follows a trend of stores being asked to leave with very short notice.
Stafford FM have attempted on multiple occasions to get a statement from Mercia Real Estate on the future of the shopping centre and we have only been met with automated responses. Previous public statements from them claim they are looking to “Revitalise the centre” and a paragraph attached to their portfolio on their website reads; “The Guildhall Shopping Centre in Stafford comprises 111,601 sq ft of retail accommodation at the heart of the town centre. Acquired in May 2021, the asset provides a significant opportunity to revitalise Stafford town centre through a strategic and mindful asset management programme.”
The current management team within the Guildhall are not able to comment on the future and share the concerns of locals and Stafford FM
There have also been several people who have contacted Stafford FM with regard to our Guildhall advert that is broadcast throughout the day. This is a long-standing agreement between ourselves and the Guildhall. We will continue to support the centre through this difficult time and we encourage locals residents to shop local and take advantage of the many great shops and services still located within the entire town centre.
The Centre was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 10th June 1991 and we understand many locals are concerned about it’s future. We will continue our campaign to get Mercia Real Estate to issue a full and clear statement about the future of the Guildhall.
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