One of Hull's largest independent shops is closing

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jun 2018

One of Hull’s largest independent stores has announced it will be closing its doors.

Kapow Gifts in Whitefriargate has announced it will be closing down “very soon” on its Facebook page - and is about to launch an 80 per cent off sale.

The store is best known for selling unique gifts, Pop Vinyl, clothing and toys, as well as retro, film and video game merchandise.

A spokesman for the store said in a statement: “It is with great regret and sadness to inform you all that Kapow Gifts is closing down.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us up to this point.

“Before we close we are having a massive up to 80 per cent off sale. Why not come down and grab some bargains and join us for one last Kapow?

“We are not closing today, but will be very soon.”


Generic view of Whitefriargate in Hull city centre (Image: Peter Harbour)

The team behind Kapow will still have an online presence, stating that customers will still be able to order stock online.

The loss of the independent store comes within days of the shock announcement Poundworld, which has three Hull stores, has gone into administration and House of Fraser will leave the city centre in a matter of months.

Concerns have been raised by shoppers and traders about the future of Whitefriargate, which has seen a rise in crime and a decline in shoppers.

Just last month, four shops were targeted by thieves, with Marks and Spencer, Thorntons, Crawshaw Butchers and Heron Foods all affected.

In the past 20 years, what was once a thriving retail area of town has seen a steady decline, with the street peppered with empty shops.

In March it lost Grainger Games, and the unit still remains empty. There is also a lack of cafés, bars and restaurants leaving many wondering what the future might hold for the struggling street.



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