And now a charity shop joins Rugby’s High Street exodus

The Shelter shop in High Street, Rugby will close next month. NNL-160916-180303001
The Shelter shop in High Street, Rugby will close next month. NNL-160916-180303001

The collapse in shoppers in Rugby’s High Street has taken a new twist, with one of the charity shops deciding it can’t afford to stay open.

The anxiety over the town centre has been an issue in Rugby for many years but the state of play in High Street has become a particular concern since Marks and Spencer left for Elliott’s Field and resisted calls to keep its old store open just for food.

In recent months Summersault and World of Difference have gone, Salters is closing next month and now the Shelter shop will also follow suit in October.

David Cryer, Shelter’s head of retail operations, said: “We are very sad to be closing our Rugby store next month. Unfortunately the shop hasn’t been doing as well as expected, and with more and more people needing our help we have to make sure we spend every pound as efficiently as possible to help more families keep a roof over their heads.

“I would like to thank everyone who has visited our store over recent years, and the staff and volunteers who’ve dedicated their time. We are very grateful for your support.”

The shop had one paid member of staff and a host of volunteers.