Shock as landmark Preston store Greenwoods is set to close

Familiar sight: Greenwoods Menswear on Orchard Street, Preston
Familiar sight: Greenwoods Menswear on Orchard Street, Preston
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A landmark Preston shop is closing down after more than 50 years in the heart of the city.

Greenwoods on Orchard Street is set to close its doors.

The precise reasons are unclear – but a member of staff said it was down to “landlord issues”.

Posters in the window are advertising: “Closing down sale - everything must go”.

Greenwoods Menswear Ltd is a familiar sight on the country’s high streets, specialising in suit hire, made-to-measure suits and off-the-peg clothing.

It is understood the Orchard Street store has been on that site for up to 60 years.

No-one was available for comment at the company’s head office despite repeated requests for a statement.

A spokesman at the Preston shop confirmed it was closing.

He said it was due to “landlord issues”, but would not comment further.

The news of Greenwoods’ closure comes just days after the Evening Post highlighted the ongoing number of empty shops in Preston city centre.

Five years after the recession started to bite, we found there were still more than 100 empty shops within a few minutes’ walk of the Town Hall.

Council and business chiefs have promised the situation is improving.

But some city centre traders have pointed to high rates and rents as a major factor in businesses struggling to make money in the heart of the city.

Greenwoods, which has its head office in Bradford West Yorkshire, opened its first shop in 1860 in Bradford selling hats to the wool Barons of Yorkshire.

Now it has a wider range on offer, from suits to polo shirts, and casual and formal wear.

​Greenwoods hirewear, 1860 Suit Hire, is now the UK’s second largest retailer of suit hire specialising in morningwear, eveningwear and Highlandwear.