Updated: Jun 21
It’s been confirmed that Melton’s Halfords store in Norman Way will close in July.
Halfords in Norman Way. Photo: NEMM
In a short statement issued to NEMM this morning (Friday) a Halfords spokesperson said: “The store have confirmed that they will be closing July 1st.”
When asked about the reason for closure and if the store is relocating the spokesperson said that information wasn’t available.
It adds to the list of units in the town centre which will be empty.
A Melton Borough Council spokesperson said: "Like many of our residents, we are disappointed to see this business leave the area. As the Council is neither the owner or landlord of the building, we have had no involvement and are unable to comment on any specifics in relation to this case.
The Council has a positive relationship with our partners at the DWP and we work together to offer support to those directly affected and who may be at risk of losing their jobs due to any business closure. We will also look to support any business wanting to take up the unit and ensure it brings benefits to the local area.
We want to reassure our community that we are committed to supporting the growth of Melton and to mitigate the economic impacts of any business closures, including those closures as a result of the impacts of COVID, as best we can. We have ambitious plans for our town centre and will continue to work with partners and the community to try and bring these to fruition, with our long term “Town Centre Vision” plan having just been through public consultation.
We are currently developing a levelling up bid with partners which is ambitious, deliverable and will enhance key sites in the town centre to create jobs, business space and attract more footfall into the town.
In addition, we are due to receive £1.19m in UK Shared Prosperity Funding subject to an acceptable investment plan being submitted. We are currently working with partners to develop a plan which will detail how this will be used over the next three years including on projects that will look to attract more people and businesses to the area, through regenerating the town centre and improving the tourism offer in the borough."
The store, which employs 11 people, will close on July 1st. The nearest stores following the closure will be Leicester, Grantham or Loughborough.