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House of Fraser in Hull saved

The House of Fraser store in Hull has reportedly been saved from closure in a last-minute deal. 

The store, in Ferensway, was due to close on 29 December but owner Mike Ashley has struck a deal with the landlord and Hull City Council to keep it open, Hull Daily Mail has reported.

Around 100 jobs have been saved. 

Drapers has contacted Sports Direct for comment. 

Readers' comments (3)

  • Eric Musgrave

    With the involvement of the local council, this sounds like the "rescue" of Kendal Milne in Manchester. Do we know what the "involvement" is? Has Mike Ashley got a reduction in the business rates? I think we - and the other traders in Hull - ought to be told. (Readers with long memories will remember that prior to being rebranded House of Fraser the store was called Binns and, even earlier, Hammonds).

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  • If Ashley has got a reduction in business rates, it is totally unfair. Councils don't exist to prop up failings businesses and secondly, what about all the other retailers in Hull? Do they get a reduction too?

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  • This could be a short term deal. Would you put your life savings that House of Fraser will be in Hull in three years time? Me neither.

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