Bridlesmith Gate: Another retailer closes; leaving seven empty units

  • A Nottingham shoe shop which has been trading in the city for 30 years will close down.

  • The latest of a series of businesses to leave to area, there are now seven empty retail premises on this short stretch of the city centre. 


Jones Bootmaker based at 43 Bridlesmith Gate is tol close down.

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A spokesman for the owners said: “Jones Bootmaker was bought by private equity firm, Endless, in March 2017.

“The new management team is focused on stabilising the brand and delivering long term growth, ensuring that this iconic British brand will be around for another 160 years. This means reviewing every part of the business.

“Having reviewed our entire store estate, it became apparent that there are some stores that can no longer remain open, Nottingham being one.”

Other Jones Bootmakers stores across the UK will also close, following a review of the business model.

“Whether this be because our product offer no longer supports the size of store, the lease agreement makes it uneconomic or the amount of investment required to improve the store environment to a standard our customers deserve is not viable.

“Six jobs are impacted unfortunately and every effort has been made to redeploy them.”

A closing down sale is currently taking place at the store where nothing is more expensive than £30.

The closure leaves Bridlesmith Gate with seven empty retail spaces (plus the Paul Smith store in nearby Byard Lane.)

Paul Smith in Byard Lane announced its closure last week

One of the units is the recently closed Joules store, though they did take a much larger premises 100 metres away on the same street. Hobbs closed down in April this year making way for the Joules move.

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Joules have moved to a larger unit on Bridlesmith Gate

Links of London left earlier in 2017.

The British Heart Foundation shop also closed its branch in Bridlesmith Gate.


Ladies footwear designer and shop Moda in Pelle closed its Nottingham store after the business was saved in January 2017 by an administration deal.


American Apparel pulled out of the UK market – including closing any online presence.

Below the success story that is the larger Joules store…

Below Moda in Pelle

Bridlesmith Gate

Below: Despite businesses leaving the area developer Bildurn is marketing brand new retail units next to Waterstones.