York school uniform shop closes after 20 years

York Press: Rawcliffe's has supplied thousands of York children over the past 20 years (stock picture) Rawcliffe's has supplied thousands of York children over the past 20 years (stock picture)

YORK school uniform retailer Rawcliffes is closing after more than 20 years in the city following the appointment of administrators to its parent company.

However, as the Colliergate shop prepares to close its doors, a rival Yorkshire firm is opening in York offering to pick up trade and take on staff from Rawcliffes.

Emblazon, which has a shop in Harrogate and an embroidery factory in Keighley, is planning to open a shop in Micklegate in July.

The company had long-term ambitions to move to the city, but sped up its plans following news of Rawcliffes’ closure.

Rawcliffes’ parent company John Cheatle Ltd, which operated 34 high street branches and 46 in-school shops, went into administration in April.

Shortly afterwards, a management buyout saw 12 branches and 15 in-school shops saved under a new company, Newplan Solutions, however the York shop was not part of the rescue deal.

The shop, which employs four staff and supplies between 25 and 30 schools in and around York, is continuing to trade in administration.

Administrators Grant Thornton UK LLP said unless a buyer could be found for York’s Rawcliffes it was likely to close at the end of August.

Gary Nash, managing director of Emblazon, said: “It was our long-term plan to open in York, but the need for a school wear shop in the city with so many schools became apparent with Rawcliffes closing.

“As soon as we heard they were going into administration we were keen, along with our manufacturers, to ensure a provision was put into play straight away.

“It has been very last minute for us, and we have worked very hard to get the stock in and badged up. Normally we put our orders in for summer in November so we have had to oversee a very quick turnaround to be open by July.

“We are looking at creating five new jobs and have tried to retain staff from Rawcliffes where possible. There’s some really good experience there for us, and we can offer them stability.”

Mr Nash said Emblazon has already agreed deals to work with ten schools in York, with the company keen to take on more.

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6:31pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Alf Garnett says...

Well that's good news for Micklegate anyway. Good also that Emblazon make someoif their own gear too.
Well that's good news for Micklegate anyway. Good also that Emblazon make someoif their own gear too. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 11

6:56pm Sun 8 Jun 14

shartin says...

One less empty shop in Micklegate,good news!
One less empty shop in Micklegate,good news! shartin
  • Score: 15

7:40pm Sun 8 Jun 14

SR0843 says...

Sad that this shop is closing in Collliergate; it was a jolly convenient location. A shame too that the many private schools around York do not support the local economy by having a widely available uniform that can be bought in a local shop, instead requiring specialist items from a central online supplier. As a parent with children at one such school I feel partly responsible for Rawcliffe's closure, and sad about that we're prevented from doing our bit to support the local economy in that way.
Sad that this shop is closing in Collliergate; it was a jolly convenient location. A shame too that the many private schools around York do not support the local economy by having a widely available uniform that can be bought in a local shop, instead requiring specialist items from a central online supplier. As a parent with children at one such school I feel partly responsible for Rawcliffe's closure, and sad about that we're prevented from doing our bit to support the local economy in that way. SR0843
  • Score: 15

8:03pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Rosieposie says...

I am sure when my daughter was at Bootham we went to Rawcliffes. I know the Minster and St peters and their group didn't used to, hence the exorbitant prices for the uniform. When I paid £72 for a blazer for a 4 year old I was shocked..mind you I made it last.
I am sure when my daughter was at Bootham we went to Rawcliffes. I know the Minster and St peters and their group didn't used to, hence the exorbitant prices for the uniform. When I paid £72 for a blazer for a 4 year old I was shocked..mind you I made it last. Rosieposie
  • Score: 7

8:14pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Melody Clarke says...

Not surprised Rawcliffes has folded. Utterly bizarre business model where even with a monopoly they opted to never have more than 2 Fulford School sweatshirts in each size in stock. Barmy!
Not surprised Rawcliffes has folded. Utterly bizarre business model where even with a monopoly they opted to never have more than 2 Fulford School sweatshirts in each size in stock. Barmy! Melody Clarke
  • Score: 14

9:04pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Pedro says...

Rosieposie wrote:
I am sure when my daughter was at Bootham we went to Rawcliffes. I know the Minster and St peters and their group didn't used to, hence the exorbitant prices for the uniform. When I paid £72 for a blazer for a 4 year old I was shocked..mind you I made it last.
How? By restricting his growth?
[quote][p][bold]Rosieposie[/bold] wrote: I am sure when my daughter was at Bootham we went to Rawcliffes. I know the Minster and St peters and their group didn't used to, hence the exorbitant prices for the uniform. When I paid £72 for a blazer for a 4 year old I was shocked..mind you I made it last.[/p][/quote]How? By restricting his growth? Pedro
  • Score: 5

10:22pm Sun 8 Jun 14

MrsHudson says...

I've never rated Rawcliffes. A total inability to have a god rang of sizes in at peak uniform buying time is not a great business technique! But then I passionately HATE school uniform anyway. I think more schools should pack in uniform altogether.
I've never rated Rawcliffes. A total inability to have a god rang of sizes in at peak uniform buying time is not a great business technique! But then I passionately HATE school uniform anyway. I think more schools should pack in uniform altogether. MrsHudson
  • Score: -20

8:40am Mon 9 Jun 14

oldgoat says...

Always pricey, often out of stock when you'd expect them to have a mass of the stuff - buying anything the last couple of days before Autumn term started was always a no-no.

There used to be competition in York, back in the 70s, which kept the prices down. That's what we need, still. We have 80 schools around here!
Always pricey, often out of stock when you'd expect them to have a mass of the stuff - buying anything the last couple of days before Autumn term started was always a no-no. There used to be competition in York, back in the 70s, which kept the prices down. That's what we need, still. We have 80 schools around here! oldgoat
  • Score: 2

10:39am Mon 9 Jun 14

Rosieposie says...

no Pedro, by buying a few sizes too big and never dry cleaning just spot cleaning.
no Pedro, by buying a few sizes too big and never dry cleaning just spot cleaning. Rosieposie
  • Score: 2

3:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Well that's good news for Micklegate anyway. Good also that Emblazon make someoif their own gear too.
I think you will find that they don't make any of the clothing, just embroidering the school logo. There are other local firms who do feed the York economy such as NextGen clothing on Elvington Industrial Estate and Get Branded on Green Lane, Clifton. Both are local family owned businesses.
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: Well that's good news for Micklegate anyway. Good also that Emblazon make someoif their own gear too.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that they don't make any of the clothing, just embroidering the school logo. There are other local firms who do feed the York economy such as NextGen clothing on Elvington Industrial Estate and Get Branded on Green Lane, Clifton. Both are local family owned businesses. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Mon 9 Jun 14

MouseHouse says...

You could get Woggles at Rawcliffes!
You could get Woggles at Rawcliffes! MouseHouse
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Old_Man says...

School uniforms are ridiculous anyway. Only Britain that I can think of still bothers with them.
School uniforms are ridiculous anyway. Only Britain that I can think of still bothers with them. Old_Man
  • Score: -1

9:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

janice gray says...

Rawcliffe's was always expensive so could never understand the DHSS giving school clothing vouchers that could only be spent at Rawcliffe's .
Rawcliffe's was always expensive so could never understand the DHSS giving school clothing vouchers that could only be spent at Rawcliffe's . janice gray
  • Score: 0

9:35am Wed 11 Jun 14

ChilliPepper87 says...

Pedro wrote:
Rosieposie wrote:
I am sure when my daughter was at Bootham we went to Rawcliffes. I know the Minster and St peters and their group didn't used to, hence the exorbitant prices for the uniform. When I paid £72 for a blazer for a 4 year old I was shocked..mind you I made it last.
How? By restricting his growth?
the richest/more upper middle class people are always the stingiest.
[quote][p][bold]Pedro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rosieposie[/bold] wrote: I am sure when my daughter was at Bootham we went to Rawcliffes. I know the Minster and St peters and their group didn't used to, hence the exorbitant prices for the uniform. When I paid £72 for a blazer for a 4 year old I was shocked..mind you I made it last.[/p][/quote]How? By restricting his growth?[/p][/quote]the richest/more upper middle class people are always the stingiest. ChilliPepper87
  • Score: 0

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