Clarks shoe shop plans to relocate across high street

Plans have been lodged which will bring one of Berwick high street's biggest eyesores back into use - but at the expense of another unit.

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 13:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 18:11 pm
The former Clinton Cards shop in Berwick

Clarks shoe shop is poised to move out of its rented accommodation on Marygate and into the former Clinton Cards unit on the other side of the street.

A planning application outlining the proposal has been lodged by Clarks franchisee John Eliot Footwear Ltd.

Sadler Brown Architecture, in an accompanying report, states: ‘John Eliot Footwear Limited, already operate a shoe store in Berwick as a franchise under the Clarks brand from rented premises at 57 Marygate.

‘The store was originally part of Clarks main retail offering, however due to a declining turnover, the store’s status was reduced to sale stock only. A further reduction in turnover led to Clarks seeking to off-load the store by selling it as a franchise to John Eliot Footwear in 2012.

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‘Having worked hard to turn the fortunes of the Berwick store around and with the store now operating at a profit, John Eliot Footwear are looking to galvanise the position of Clarks as a leading high street brand in Berwick by relocating to permanent rather than rented accommodation on Marygate.

‘Of the units available on the current market, none are of a size suitable for use as a shoe retail outlet. 42 Marygate has been identified as a possible option, subject to a reduction in size through sub-division into two separate units’.

The proposal is for a new shoe store at street level on Marygate and a self-contained first-floor premises with access from Marygate.

It is also acknowledged that a significant amount of repair and refurbishment work is required to bring the former card shop, which closed in 2012, up to a suitable standard. It is not thought to be listed.

The new shop would create an additional two part-time jobs.