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Pearsons confirm closure of Bishop's Stortford store

By Natalie Dearman  |  Posted: August 30, 2012

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BISHOP’S Stortford’s iconic department store Pearsons has announced it is to shut its doors in the town for good.

Letters were sent out to customers this week informing them of the news and giving details of a £3million closing down sale.

Morley Stores Ltd, which snapped up the North Street store just over 18 months ago, said the move was being made in order to concentrate on its sister branch in Enfield.

Staff at the historic store were warned back in July that their jobs were in jeopardy.

However, David James, managing director of Morley Stores Ltd, said at the time it was not a forgone conclusion that the store would close.

Pearsons will be closed from this Saturday until Tuesday in order for staff to prepare the closing down sale.

It will reopen to invited guests on Wednesday and Thursday and will open to the general public next Friday (September 7).

A final closing date was not stated in the letter.

Pearsons was founded in 1903 by Arthur and Stanley Pearson.

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  • Natalie Dearman  |  October 28 2012, 12:59AM

    Pearsons Enfield should shut down too. What the high streets need are primark or debenhams-business is booming!

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  • Natalie Dearman  |  September 05 2012, 1:50PM

    Not being an expert on retail, but as a shopper, I would agree with Katie. The choice is not there. I really like the look of Bishop's Stortford, so it's a nice town to walk around, but if I wanted to buy something, I would go to Harlow. I don't know the details of the new shopping centre development, but if it contained a larger variety of shops, I do think it would help. Especially more reasonably priced clothes shops. I think if people had their tastes catered for, they would make the effort to persevere with parking. Bishop's Stortford is not the easiest town to negotiate (due to the old roads but that in a way adds to the charm), but I think if there was the motivation to go people would. Harlow is further for me to drive, so it shows I am willing to put in the effort...

  • Natalie Dearman  |  September 02 2012, 5:14PM

    Hannah , your spelling and grammar needs some serious work . I really do not understand what you are trying to say.

  • Natalie Dearman  |  September 01 2012, 9:06PM

    Save it now someone out ther with money buy it!

  • Natalie Dearman  |  August 31 2012, 8:54PM

    I believe it is not solely the problem with parking why people are not shopping in Bishops Stortford but the lack of choice to shop in. For example I need to buy a child's toy where do I go Argos who may have one in stock but probably wont an I cant see it before I but it. Or a over priced small independent toy shop which not everyone has the money to buy in. Where can I buy fashionable an reasonably priced clothes one of the many high end of price scale shops such as East or Fat Face or Phase Eight. We have plenty of phone shops hair dressers Beauticians an opticians an banks oh an not forgetting coffee shops but not many decent mid scale price shops. I rather go to Cambridge to do my shopping or Harlow as they have a much better layout an variety an choice of shops so if I want to spend a bit more on something I can but if I just want something cheaper I can do that to. It tells you something of a town if the likes of KFC and Mcdonalds are unable to make a profit in the town. I can only see this getting worse not better so I wont be shopping here for a little while yet.

  • Natalie Dearman  |  August 31 2012, 7:54PM

    we do not want, or need henderson centre,and no more cafes or restaurants please ,enough is enough.

  • Natalie Dearman  |  August 31 2012, 11:29AM

    I'm not a rocket scientist but it doesn't take one to work out the underlying reason for shoppers leaving our lovely town. Until the parking is made more plentyful and more importantly cheaper the exodus will continue. Hopefully the only good thing that may come out of this is that people will see another reason to object to the new henderson scheme. It is another sad day for stortford

  • Natalie Dearman  |  August 30 2012, 3:11PM

    Sad news, but I am afraid Bishops Stortford lost our custom many months ago due to the horrendous parking. The town is not what it once was and I don't think they will ever get it back to the thriving little town it was. Far too many coffee bars and restaurants. We now shop at Harlow. There is bags more choice, parking is plentiful and Harlow is not half as rough as it once was.

  • Natalie Dearman  |  August 30 2012, 2:45PM

    Having spent 22 years of my retail career at the Pearsons of Bishops Stortford store, i am deeply saddened to see it now closing. Equally disappointed for all the Management and staff, many of whom i worked closely with for many years. my thoughts are with them, and would like to wish them all the very best for the future. I have many fond memories of my enjoyable time in North Street. Sadly, this leaves the Town without yet another major retailer, lets all hope the building will not become yet another restaurant!

  • Natalie Dearman  |  August 30 2012, 2:01PM

    What a shame,I grew up in the town and now nearly every shop I remember that has been in the town since I was a child has gone.The town has changed so much I go to harlow now as there is alot more choice and easier parking.