Jobs blow as two more shops close

The Blue Banana store in Orchard Square, Sheffield, which is closing down
The Blue Banana store in Orchard Square, Sheffield, which is closing down
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MORE jobs have been lost in South Yorkshire after two shops were axed - making around 13 people redundant.

Alternative clothing, accessories and piercing store Blue Banana shut its Doncaster branch yesterday with the Sheffield city centre outlet expected to close later this week.

Staff found out about the closures, caused by a firm ‘restructure’ blamed on the UK’s challenging financial difficulties, last week.

John Taylor, manager of the Doncaster branch at Frenchgate, said six jobs would be affected.

He said: “It is very sad. Everyone has been offered other jobs within the company but it’s a long way to travel so everyone is taking redundancy.

“Most people have things lined up but we’ve had a few tears.

“We’ve been on this site about six years but in Doncaster since 1997. The problem here is rents are so high it’s just not possible in this climate.”

Seven jobs are to go at the Sheffield Blue Banana in Orchard Square, although staff said they could not comment.

Blue Banana, based in Cornwall, did not respond to calls. A firm website statement said it was closing four stores, including two more in Hull and Lincoln, with ‘a lot of sadness’ and ‘in light of increasing costs and a variety of other issues’.

It added: “It is always first in our mind to keep providing the best range of stylish clothing around, both on the high street and in our online store, so in light of the latest financial situation in the UK we are required to restructure in order to continue offering a high quality service to customers.”

The closures are the latest in a series of blows to affect South Yorkshire retailers.

Novelty chain shop Hawkin’s Bazaar, which has a branch in Meadowhall shopping centre, announced it had collapsed into administration last week with more than 400 full time jobs at risk nationwide.

Fashion store D2 Jeans is also in administration.

Its branch at Crystal Peaks shopping centre is staying open to be sold as a going concern.