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End of an era as Kingswells closes

Historic department store Kingswells of Wakefield has shut after nearly 300 years in business.

The indie department store, owned by the Donner family which also owns manufacturer The Wakefield Shirt Group (WSG), was hit by a slump in footfall and a subsequent drop in sales. The store, which opened in the 1700s, was run on the corner of Northgate and Westmoreland Street until it relocated to Cross Square in the 1990s.

The shop stocked brands including British knitwear brand Wolsey, casualwear brand Farah and shirt brand Double Two, the latter of which is also owned by WSG.

Shop manager Margaret Hepworth and assistant manager Sue Ellis have taken early retirement.

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