Staff at the House of Fraser on Manchester’s Deansgate are understood to have been told that the store will close in January.
In August it was revealed that Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct retail group had bought the stricken department store business, just hours after it was put into administration, in a £90m deal that saw Sports Direct take over the group’s full estate of 59 stores.
Many shops across the country had been earmarked for closure before the purchase, and in the North West the future of Altrincham, Birkenhead and Carlisle’s House of Frasers were in question, although Manchester’s department store was thought to be safe.
However last month Sports Direct announced it had successfully completed rent negotiations at 15 locations, including Altrincham, Birkenhead and Carlisle.
In Manchester, House of Fraser occupies a major island site on Deangsate, in a building formerly operated by and still referred to as Kendals. The store opened late this morning after meetings with staff; Manchester City Council councillor Pat Karney is currently on site talking to staff.