ANOTHER shop in Worcester city centre has shut, with one more set to close soon.

Hawkin’s Bazaar's store in Friary Walk of Crowngate Shopping Centre has 'closing down' signs in the windows, after the national chain fell into administration, putting 177 jobs at risk across the county.

Meanwhile, women’s shoe store Moshulu in Worcester's High Street has closed down in the past few days.

Tom Straw, joint administrator and partner at Moorfields Advisory, which is handling the administration of Hawkin's Bazaar, said: “Hawkin’s Bazaar is a retail brand with a strong heritage both on the high street and online.

“Unfortunately, despite making changes to their offering to appeal to the shift in modern buying patterns, the retailer still struggled to compete with online retailers such as Amazon.”

It is the second time Hawkin's Bazaar has fallen into administration. Last year the Worcester store in Crowngate was set to close, but then the company survived.

Hawkin’s Bazaar has suspended its website but said trading will continue from its 20 stores until further notice. Gift cards will continue to be accepted for a limited time but will no longer be sold to customers.

An employee at the Worcester store said: “We were set to close on Sunday, then Monday, and now we don’t know. It makes sense to stay open until the lease is up. We have been really busy, the sale has been popular with customers.”

This follows Mothercare, Bonmarche and HMV closing its Worcester branches in the past few weeks.

Moshulu had been trading in the city for five years. The shop has been emptied and Worcester News was unable to contact a spokesman.

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