Mixed picture for Boston’s high street - with shops up to let

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A look at the state of the high street’s current reveals a mixed picture.

Just two weeks ago Greenwoods, the mens outfitters in Boston’s Market Place (pictured), confirmed the shop is closing. Richard Burke, Greenwoods’ commercial manager, blamed the cost of the rent.

Mr Burke said the company is considering its options with respect to relocation within the town.

Two other national chain stores also have their premises listed for rent.

The buildings for QD Stores and Ryman are also listed as ‘for let’ on commercial property websites.

Peter Muir speaking for QD Stores said the company’s official position is: “We’re trading in Boston and have no plan to stop at those premises.”

Mr Muir was unable to explain why the 22 Strait Bargate property is now listed for rent.

However, the agents for the property, Poyntons Consultancy, said: “Following discussions between QD Stores and the landlords, the agents have been instructed to put the property on the market”.

Ryman, the stationers in Wide Bargate, refused to comment on their current lease position.

The store has a ‘for let’ sign above the door, but the company told The Standard they cannot comment on the Boston store.

Bunmi Thomas, Ryman’s PR Executive, said: “As it stands we are still continuing to trade as normal.”

Poundstretcher, however, confirmed it is staying in Boston. Martin Collinson, company secretary, said the firm has no plans to leave and the current online listing of the store’s Market Place premises was merely a landlord change and would have not affect the discount store.

The situationfollows the recent closure of The Body Shop with the Edinburgh Woollen Mill also set to go.

Other big names to leave include HMV, Millets, Clinton Cards - which is set to re-open, Sports Direct and Burton as well as locally-based Yates and Greenhough.

However Boston still performs better than the national average when it comes to empty shops.