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Fenwick warehouse in Canterbury closes down

Fenwick bosses say they are committed to keeping the Canterbury department store open despite putting their city warehouse up for sale.

The large storeroom on the Wincheap Industrial Estate has now closed its shutters for the final time.

The Wincheap warehouse has been put up for sale (18400370)
The Wincheap warehouse has been put up for sale (18400370)

The vacant unit is being advertised for rent for £130,000 per year.

A spokesman for Fenwick said: "As part of Fenwick's transformation, we are restructuring our business to make us a more efficient.

"This includes centralising our warehousing and we have put our Wincheap site up for sale. We are working closely with employees affected.

"We remain committed to the area and our Canterbury store is an important part of Fenwick."

The company confirmed the large storeroom shut at the end of August.

Fenwick in Canterbury city centre
Fenwick in Canterbury city centre

The warehouse closure comes following a turbulent year for the company in 2018 when it revealed a profits slump.

A total of 25 employees at the city store lost their jobs as part of nationwide cuts which saw 408 employees take redundancy.

The four-storey Fenwick shop in the city centre opened in 2003 after Ricemans was demolished, and remains the flagship of the council-owned Whitefriars redevelopment.

More than 160 workers are employed at the store.

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