Barnitts closes temporarily – for the first time in its 124-year history

Barnitts on Colliergate. Photograph: YorkMix

Legendary York department store Barnitts has now shut its doors.

The business has closed both its Colliergate shop and its online offer until further noice.

It is the first time in its 124-year history that Barnitts has shut, although its owners say “rest assured we will be reopening as soon as the coronavirus situation and restrictions ease”.

In a statement on Facebook the owners said:

“These are exceptional circumstances and although Barnitts is still permitted to stay open under the current coronavirus legislation the safety of our customers and staff also has to be taken into account.

“Barnitts would like to thank all our customers for their support. As you know Barnitts is not just a shop it is an institution and an integral part of our beautiful city of York… our decision to close temporarily has not been taken lightly.

“We would also like to thank our dedicated staff for their efforts particularly over the last few weeks they as always have given their best..

“Don’t worry they will be back.”