Managing Director Somers Cooper informed staff on Tuesday of the decision and said, “Regretfully, the prolonged weak economy has forced us to re-evaluate all of our lines of business and the locations they occupy. This difficult decision was necessary to facilitate the long-term success of the A.S. Cooper group of stores.”
Cooper’s will consolidate most of the product lines represented at Harbourside back in to their Main Store and will endeavour to place sales staff within the framework of the company. It is expected that the closure will result in one redundancy.
Somers Cooper added, “Business at that location was always a challenge due to it being the only shop on that side of Front St. While it provided a positive contribution for many years, sales have eroded over the last twelve to eighteen months.
“These conditions along with the departure of the Veendam sealed our fate. Our landlord, the Corporation of Hamilton has been a helpful and interested partner during our tenure there and I would like to publicly thank them for their support.”
Harbourside will continue to sell Plus Size fashions, Accessories and Home Decor items through the Christmas season. They also plan to open their popular Christmas shop at Harbourside later this month.
Harbourside will become Cooper’s clearance outlet in January and the company expects local customers will enjoy attractive sale prices on a myriad of goods and products for the month prior to closing.
This follows after news of other stores closing including All Wrapped Up in the Washington Mall, Carole Holding’s Front Street store, Foreign Cargo in Hamilton, and Crissons in St George’s. New stores have also opened, with four in St George’s opening their doors in recent weeks.
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