Barnitts' Acomb branch will not close anytime soon

York Press: The Barnitts store in Front Street, Acomb The Barnitts store in Front Street, Acomb

BOSSES of Barnitts say its Acomb store is not closing down any time soon, even though the landlord has put the premises on the market.

Paul Thompson, managing director of the family-owned home and garden business, said that while the owner of the building in York Road was trying to sell it, Barnitts still had two-and-a-half years remaining on a 25-year lease.

He said that as the lease’s expiry approached, Barnitts would consider a number of options, including remaining at the shop, moving to alternative premises in Acomb or pulling out of the area altogether.

The decision would be affected by a variety of factors, including the amount of rent being demanded, the impact on trade in York of the new retailers opening in the Monks Cross area and the possibility of larger, more suitable premises becoming available in Acomb.

He said customers did not have the level of choice they had at the much larger city centre store in Colliergate.

Mr Thompson said that Barnitts, which was founded in 1898 and is one of the largest independent stores in the city, had been behind the times in terms of stock control but was now engaged in a major modernisation project.

He said it was investing heavily in improvements to its website and installing electronic point of sale data systems.

It planned to launch a “click and collect” service from both its Acomb store and the main city centre store in Colliergate, giving customers full access to the extensive lines sold in the shops.

There were also plans to open a trade counter at its warehouse premises in James Street, although this might not happen until next year.

The business also wanted to install a lift at the store in Colliergate, although this would be subject to planning permission being granted.

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11:05am Mon 3 Mar 14

cornishclot says...

Well Mr Thompson...there is blockbusters going begging where you would have much more space and on site parking..but that is only one of a number of available properties in the area. Myself and quite a few of the older generation are wondering what we are going to do if/when barnitts closes in acomb. Perhaps investing more in your staff as well as electronic wizardry would be an idea..I like to peruse the aisles during my odd visit to town but morale seems a lot lower and staff are not as helpful as they once were.
Well Mr Thompson...there is blockbusters going begging where you would have much more space and on site parking..but that is only one of a number of available properties in the area. Myself and quite a few of the older generation are wondering what we are going to do if/when barnitts closes in acomb. Perhaps investing more in your staff as well as electronic wizardry would be an idea..I like to peruse the aisles during my odd visit to town but morale seems a lot lower and staff are not as helpful as they once were. cornishclot
  • Score: 3

1:41pm Mon 3 Mar 14

electricwarrior says...

A bigger Barnitts in Acomb would be great. There is nowhere else nearby to get all the essential things you need when doing repairs etc. I have always found the staff in the York store ok.
A bigger Barnitts in Acomb would be great. There is nowhere else nearby to get all the essential things you need when doing repairs etc. I have always found the staff in the York store ok. electricwarrior
  • Score: 14

1:42pm Mon 3 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

Barnitts is excellent.
Barnitts is excellent. MouseHouse
  • Score: 11

4:00pm Mon 3 Mar 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

If you can't buy it in Barnitts' you probably didn't really need it...... :)
If you can't buy it in Barnitts' you probably didn't really need it...... :) MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: 6

4:13pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Dr Brian says...

It would be very sad if Barnitts moves out of Acomb but very understandable. The Acomb shopping centre is getting very run down. Too many charity shops bakeries cafes and bookies now.

Sad but a sign of the times maybe?
It would be very sad if Barnitts moves out of Acomb but very understandable. The Acomb shopping centre is getting very run down. Too many charity shops bakeries cafes and bookies now. Sad but a sign of the times maybe? Dr Brian
  • Score: 5

6:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Well, when I walked past it fifteen minutes ago, it had closed down then...
Well, when I walked past it fifteen minutes ago, it had closed down then... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -7

6:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

stopatred says...

Pay them a decent wage maybe
Pay them a decent wage maybe stopatred
  • Score: 4

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