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Stolen From Ivor to close final store

Casualwear independent Stolen From Ivor is closing its final store in Stockport in January after almost 50 years trading.

At its peak, the retailer had 43 stores across the north-west. It opened its first store on King Street in Manchester in 1965, according to the Manchester Evening News.

All but seven stores were forced to close in 2002 after the company went into administration. The last remaining store in Stockport, which opened in 1974, will close in January, putting three jobs at risk.

Company founder and managing director Ivor Hazan told the newspaper: “It feels like a family death, there’s no other way to describe it.

“But we’ve been struggling for three years now and I’ve been wrestling with the decision whilst putting in money to keep us afloat.”

He said the business, which specialises in inexpensive casualwear for both sexes, will go wholly online and use the Stockport premises as a distribution centre. He may consider re-opening at a later date.

“If the redevelopment [of Stockport city centre] is completed we will be right at the heart of where people arrive into town. which would be a big boost,” he said.

“Fingers crossed we can eventually re-open and rise from the ashes bigger and stronger.”

Readers' comments (4)

  • Mick Harwood

    A sad loss, it just shows how difficult it is for us "indies"

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  • It is sad but the shop in the picture is like dozens scattered all over the UK and they just can't compete on any level. Don't want to be harsh as I am sure he had a thriving business for many decades but, the whole ethos of the store just doesn't fit into the modern day and meet current customer expectations.

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  • Wow oh how the mighty have fallen. Sorry days from what he was to what he is.
    Good luck to you Ivor for 2105.

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  • Without sounding harsh, I have to agree with the previous poster in that the picture doesn't show a business that is or willing to compete in the modern world.

    All the best to them, but that picture says everything you shouldn't be doing in clothing retail to to be taken seriously. It smacks of the 1970's/early 80's and you just cannot run a business like that anymore as the consumer expects and deserves so much better.

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