Cosmetics shop Lush ditches Bolton in favour of 'fresher' Bury
HIGH street cosmetics store Lush — which has been in the Market Place shopping centre since 2008 — has washed its hands of Bolton and moved to Bury.
Lush’s departure means the centre now has 33 vacant units — a figure that has almost doubled since April.
Other stores that have left the centre include cosmetics store The Body Shop, and fashion outlet Topshop.
However, the Republic shop, which was threat-ened with closure, has remained in the centre, and Debenhams recently celebrated its 25th anniv-ersary at the far end of the Market Place.
Lush has made the move to The Rock, in Bury — citing “a fresh market” and “a busier footfall” as reasons for the move.
All staff members from the Bolton store have also made the move to Bury, and there will be a recruitment evening for tempor-ary Christmas staff in the near future.
Rod Neasham, manager of the Market Place Shop- ping Centre, said: “We are very sorry and disappointed that Lush have made the decision to leave the Market Place, and Bolton, as we had worked very closely with them to help promote, and retain, their business.”
The new Bury store opened on Friday, and a celebratory party was held in the shop.
Speaking about the decision to move the store, Nick Rowlands, estates manager at Lush, said: “We decided to move to Bury as we saw an opportunity, with a great shop location, in a fresh market with a busier footfall.
“We feel we can expand the Lush brand further into a new area and the great retail destination that Bury provides.
“It is still close enough for our Bolton customers to travel to, but it also gives us the chance to attract new customers where we haven’t been before.”
Mr Rowlands said that the company was “very excited” to be opening in Bury.
He added: “It is a new shop for us, and the staff are looking forward to showing off the products, and giving new customers the new Lush experience that they might not have seen before.”
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