Talks to persuade the clothing firm Internacionale to reverse their decision to shut up shop at Portadown’s High Street Mall have failed.
The Glasgow-based company decided to close their doors on Saturday night, despite attempts by management at the Mall who tried to work out a deal to persuade them to stay.
It leaves a large gap in the main hall of the mall, with next-door New Look having closed several months ago. The Mall also lost units like Clinton Cards and Au Naturale in the past year or so.
Centre manager Tracey Jackson said, “Naturally, we’re very disappointed. Internacionale are a large company and had their minds made up. But our agents are negotiating hard to find replacements. The Mall is doing good business. We are optimistic things will turn around as the recession eases.”
She added that My Tech Computer sales/repairs had recently opened in the complex and that Gordon’s Chemists had made a significant investment in refitting their shop.
Internacionale Retail Limited went into administration in the early summer, but was rescued by Ersnt and Young who sold the business as a pre-pack administration, safeguarding 1,550 jobs throughout the UK, with the new company known as Internacionale UK Limited.
The firm has 114 stores throughout the UK, eight in Northern Ireland. The closure of Portadown is part of a reorganisation in the province. Rushmere store is unaffected.