There was shock in Selby back in December after a popular shop closed suddenly.
The Peacocks building on Abbey Walk was repossessed by the building’s landlord.
Now it’s gone for good.
A notice was posted in the store window on Abbey Walk in December saying: “Take notice, that Threadneedle Pensions Limited (“the Landlord”) has today taken possession of the property situated at and known as Unit 7/8A Abbey Walk, Selby YO8 0DY.
“No one may now lawfully enter the Property without the Landlord’s consent.”
Peacocks, which sells clothes, shoes and accessories for all ages, has been a mainstay of the Selby shopping scene for many years.
Today (Wednesday) Linda Finney posted an update on Facebook:
“It is with great heartache and upset that I have to announce that unfortunately the Selby Peacocks has now closed permanently.
“Myself and the girls are gutted to say the least and have now been made redundant and are working our notice.
“We would like to thank all of our fabulous customers for all your loyalty and support to us through the good and the bad times.
“You have been great and many have become friends. A massive thanks also for your generosity in supporting our charity events you were amazing.
“Personally for me 20 years I have been with Peacocks most of them in Selby and the relationships I have developed over these years have meant so much in my own personal life too.
“So there are no words to convey my gratitude. I am so sorry the way everything happened but myself and the team wish you all the best.”
Peacocks closed its York branch, on Front Street, Acomb, in 2020 as the chain collapsed into administration.
The business was saved by a senior executive, with backing from an international consortium, in April 2021. At the time, this was said to have rescued 2,000 jobs and 200 stores.
He immediately demanded that landlords suspend all rent requests, and said he could reopen some of the budget chain’s store on half their pre-pandemic rent, The Times reported.
The chain is still operating online and at other sites too – the nearest now are in Goole and Leeds.