Watersone’s closes its Ridings store, WH Smith also set to move out but Primark to expand

Waterstone's, The Ridings, Wakefield
Waterstone's, The Ridings, Wakefield

The city’s only major bookshop has closed after Waterstone’s vacated its unit in the Ridings Shopping Centre this week.

Waterstone’s and its next door neighbour WH Smith are leaving the centre after it was announced that neighbouring Primark would expand into the two units.

Primark will boost the size of its store to 28,500 sq ft, a 40 per cent increase in its retail space, in a deal announced in June.

Ridings Centre bosses have been in talks with Waterstone’s and WH Smith to find them alternative premises.

WH Smith has until next March to find a new home.

A Waterstone’s spokeswoman said: “We are actively looking for a new site in Wakefield but unfortunately we are not at the stage yet where we are able to confirm anything.”

Ridings Shopping Centre manager Barbara Winston said: “We are sorry to see Waterstone’s close their doors.

“We would love to see both Waterstones and WH Smith stay within the city and continue to support and assist them in their search for new, suitable locations.”

Elsewhere, greetings cards retailer Clinton Cards, which called in the administrators last year, has announced it will reopen its store at Wakefield’s Trinity Walk shopping centre.

The company closed the store in spring 2012, but will re-open on September 28 after being bought out of administration by Ohio-based company American Greetings.

Clintons’ Roy Messenger said: “We are delighted to be back at Trinity Walk with the reopening of the new and improved Clintons store to provide our customers with the best possible choice for all occasions.”