Mothercare hint at future Harrogate return

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A spokesperson for retail chain Mothercare hinted that the store could return to the Harrogate area in the future.

Mothercare closed the doors to their Victoria Shopping Centre store on November 15, with music retailer HMV moving into the unit.

The spokesperson for Mothercare said: “If and when the right out of town location became availible we would consider returning to Harrogate.

“We are thankful for the support in Harrogate but as part of our business development we are closing unprofitable stores.

“Our customers have been telling us they like large out of town locations with parking and online shopping.”

Concerned mum, Maria Sibley has collected over 550 signatures from local mums who want the company to retain a store in the town.

She told the Advertiser: “The staff were very good there, it’s the advice and experience they give that you can’t get elsewhere.

“There will be nowhere in Harrogate to buy prams or big baby equipment now, you will have to drive to York or Leeds or order things online.”

Now MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones is backing the petition.

He said: “Expectant mothers or new mums have told me that the last thing they want to do is trail to Leeds or York to buy baby essentials. Sometimes it is simply not practical for them to do that.

“Many mums I speak to don’t want to order online either as items like prams and cots need to be right for the child and it is difficult to judge that on the internet. And the first time mums and dads particularly value the helpful advice that Mothercare staff give about their products.

“So that’s why we need to keep shops which cater for newborns and young children in our area and why I am so disappointed that Mothercare hasn’t yet made a firm commitment to retaining a presence in Harrogate.

“I have asked the chief executive of Mothercare to look again at their options for Harrogate.”

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