F. Hinds will officially close its Chantry Centre, Andover store on 27th May, after almost 30 year’s association with the town.
The decision to close the store was mainly due to the upcoming end of the lease and local economic pressures.
There are four F. Hinds’ stores within striking distance – Newbury, Southampton, Swindon and Basingstoke – which the company hopes will be convenient for their loyal customers.
Details regarding the future of staff are yet to be finalised, but if they are willing to relocate and there are vacancies available, the company said it will do all it can to transfer them to one of the nearby stores.
The decision to close the Andover branch brings to an end almost 30 years of history in the town; F. Hinds first opened an Andover store in 1988, originally on the High Street. The jewellers then moved into the Chantry Centre in the 1990s.
The store is the third big name to announce its departure from the Chantry Centre so far this year. Argos announced it will be moving to a different location in the town later in March, whilst Carphone Warehouse closed in February.