Harpur Centre confirms DW Sports closure

DW Sports
The Harpur Centre store is the latest town centre casualty

Bedford town centre is set to lose another retail chain, as DW Sports, the sportswear and equipment retailer, is closing its Harpur Centre store.

The retailer was unavailable for comment, and it’s not understood if all of their retail stores are affected.

The Harpur Centre’s, Samantha Laycock said, “There is nothing permanent except change. Businesses come and go throughout the year, it’s a normal part of our landscape.

“In the last twelve months we’ve welcomed four new tenants including Starbucks, Tech Tronix, Doodlecards with Blue Inc returning, and in the next few weeks we’ll be announcing more.

“Very exciting times ahead as we continue to enhance and improve our offer.“

Speaking earlier in the week, following the news that Beales may be facing administration, Cllr Henry Vann told the Bedford Independent, “We are working locally to support our town centre.

“Alongside free parking every day of the week at Queen Street car park and Saturdays in other car parks, a freeze on parking charges, and a multi-million pound investment in the high street, the Council is working with Bedford BID, Explore Bedford, local businesses and many others passionate about our town to find new and innovative ways to support our town centre.

“We will continue to encourage and support new and established businesses in Bedford and have been successful in bids for additional funding to regenerate the centre and are rolling out plans to reduce traffic on the High Street and create more space for shoppers.

“There’s also a busy programme of events and activities taking place throughout the year and offers such as fiverfest organised by the Town Centre Champions to encourage people to come into the town centre, and see that there’s more to shopping than online.”

We will be bring you more news on this story as it develops.