Selby shop closes after 50 years of trading

CLOSING DOWN: Greenwoods store in Gowthorpe

LOOKING BACK: Snooker star Joe Johnson at the store in 1998 with Greenwoods’ Trevor Norman

First published in Business news

ANOTHER long-standing fixture of Selby's main shopping street is set to close its doors for the final time next month.

Greenwoods menswear in Gowthorpe, which has traded in the town for five decades, will close in April, leaving another empty store in the high street.

A spokeswoman for Greenwoods said the store would cease trading after more than 50 years in the town on Saturday, April 19.

She said: "We would like to thank all our loyal customers who we have supported us throughout the years.

"It is unfortunate that there has been a severe deterioration of trade within the town and this matched with the high rent and business rates within the town has made it unprofitable for us to continue to trade."

The spokeswoman said Greenwoods has operated as a business for more than 150 years, and "continues to grow", with 89 branches still open, the nearest to Selby being based in York.

Richard Schofield owns Heaven and Home in Gowthorpe and is town centre spokesman for the Selby Chamber, and called the closure "a nail in the coffin" of the town centre.

He said: "It's such a great shame. They are obviously pulling it out because it's not worth it being there, because they haven't gone bust as a company.

"It's due to not enough people shopping in Selby, that's the bottom line and the council need to open their eyes a bit if companies like that can't survive. People keep saying we need a Marks & Spencers or something like that, but they won't come if companies like Greenwoods don't think it's worth staying here."

A spokeswoman for Selby District Council said: “Rents are set by the private sector and business rate levels are set by central government.

"However looking at how we support local businesses is a key strand of our Programme for Growth work. To date this has included a business breakfast summit and workshops for local businesses. We’ve linked up with Business Support York & North Yorkshire to make sure we are giving local businesses the information and support they need, whilst also offering the opportunity to network and build businesses contacts."

The spokeswoman also said the council was working with local businesses, councillors and the community to try and attract shoppers to Selby.

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11:04am Wed 2 Apr 14

SelbyLady says...

"It's due to not enough people shopping in Selby, that's the bottom line and the council need to open their eyes a bit if companies like that can't survive. People keep saying we need a Marks & Spencers or something like that, but they won't come if companies like Greenwoods don't think it's worth staying here."

Most definitely, Selby is full of Estate Agents & Charity Shops, people won't come to Selby when there are better shops in other towns.
"It's due to not enough people shopping in Selby, that's the bottom line and the council need to open their eyes a bit if companies like that can't survive. People keep saying we need a Marks & Spencers or something like that, but they won't come if companies like Greenwoods don't think it's worth staying here." Most definitely, Selby is full of Estate Agents & Charity Shops, people won't come to Selby when there are better shops in other towns. SelbyLady
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Wed 2 Apr 14

3.8liter says...

People won't come to Selby because no matter what they try to do to the place it is, and always will be a dump.
Some places have it others don't.
People won't come to Selby because no matter what they try to do to the place it is, and always will be a dump. Some places have it others don't. 3.8liter
  • Score: -5

2:05pm Wed 2 Apr 14

myselby says...

"However looking at how we support local businesses is a key strand of our Programme for Growth work. To date this has included a business breakfast summit and workshops for local businesses." the breakfast was Invite only- workshops Twitter and Linkedin- now that is high power - but only what you would expect from SDC
"However looking at how we support local businesses is a key strand of our Programme for Growth work. To date this has included a business breakfast summit and workshops for local businesses." the breakfast was Invite only- workshops Twitter and Linkedin- now that is high power - but only what you would expect from SDC myselby
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

doltare says...

Go round to Morrison's Tesco or Sainsbury's there heaving! Makes me laugh when I see a lot of staff who work on the high street full of Morrisons bags! But councils still keep letting these big stores in without a fight singing how many jobs they bring etc but don't mention all the shops and market traders they put out of work and not to mention the pollution from cars with the lazy shoppers. Britain is a nation of supermarket sheep Im sorry to say.
Go round to Morrison's Tesco or Sainsbury's there heaving! Makes me laugh when I see a lot of staff who work on the high street full of Morrisons bags! But councils still keep letting these big stores in without a fight singing how many jobs they bring etc but don't mention all the shops and market traders they put out of work and not to mention the pollution from cars with the lazy shoppers. Britain is a nation of supermarket sheep Im sorry to say. doltare
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Thu 3 Apr 14

jumbojet says...

Nothing worth buying at Greenwoods, either Selby or York, ask for a pair of lined trousers and you would think you had asked for a gold nugget. Lined trousers Mr Greenwood are not particularly complicated, just a simple piece of material extending, down the front panel, just below the knee, and extremely comfortable.
We have other options in York, some good outfitters, ready made or tailored.
Nothing worth buying at Greenwoods, either Selby or York, ask for a pair of lined trousers and you would think you had asked for a gold nugget. Lined trousers Mr Greenwood are not particularly complicated, just a simple piece of material extending, down the front panel, just below the knee, and extremely comfortable. We have other options in York, some good outfitters, ready made or tailored. jumbojet
  • Score: -1

12:51pm Fri 4 Apr 14

selbyville says...

3.8liter wrote:
People won't come to Selby because no matter what they try to do to the place it is, and always will be a dump.
Some places have it others don't.
It really frustrates me when I read negative comments like this. No wonder people don't want to come here if that's the attitude of locals!

I've lived in Selby all my life and am proud to say so. The town centre is kept spotless thanks to the hardwork and dedication of Les the street cleaner and there are some really great little independant shops (on Finkle Street in particular).

Lets have some support for whats here rather than knocking the place all the time.
[quote][p][bold]3.8liter[/bold] wrote: People won't come to Selby because no matter what they try to do to the place it is, and always will be a dump. Some places have it others don't.[/p][/quote]It really frustrates me when I read negative comments like this. No wonder people don't want to come here if that's the attitude of locals! I've lived in Selby all my life and am proud to say so. The town centre is kept spotless thanks to the hardwork and dedication of Les the street cleaner and there are some really great little independant shops (on Finkle Street in particular). Lets have some support for whats here rather than knocking the place all the time. selbyville
  • Score: 3

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