WH Smith ready to leave The Ridings

The Ridings Shopping Centre
The Ridings Shopping Centre

The city is set to lose its branch of newsagents WH Smith after the company announced it was leaving the Ridings Shopping Centre.

A sign displayed in the store window says it will close on Wednesday, June 18, and customers should use the next nearest WH Smith in Market Place, Pontefract.

WH Smith is vacating the Ridings unit to make way for an expansion by neighbouring Primark, which is increasing the size of its store by 40 per cent.

Primark’s expansion will also take up a unit which was occupied by book retailer Waterstones.

Waterstones has relocated to a shop previously occupied by HMV on Kirkgate, but WH Smith has not found alternative premises in the city.

Last month, the Ridings announced that Fashion store Indi Menswear, vintage clothing firm WH Retail, discount outlet Home and More and C and Z, which stocks handmade bags and themed gifts, were all moving into the centre.

The city’s Trinity Walk shopping centre also announced a new tenant this week after hot drinks chain Caffe Nero signed a deal to move to the centre from Kirkgate.

The coffee chain will move to a unit previously occupied by Esquires Coffee House in Grammar Square, the centre’s cafe and restaurant area, which is already home to Pizza Express, Handmade Burger Co, The Chinese Buffet and Burger King.

Caffe Nero is the first tenant to move to Trinity Walk since the centre was bought by investment company Orion in March.