A DISCOUNT shoe shop in Huddersfield town centre is to close with the loss of five jobs in the run-up to Christmas.

The Jonathan James store at Victoria Lane will close its doors for good on Tuesday, December 18, after that day’s trading.

It follows a decision by bosses at Mansfield-based Jonathan James Ltd to cease trading in the face of tough conditions on the high street.

All 27 Jonathan James Ltd stores will close between now and the end of the year.

The stores, including ones in Halifax, Wakefield and Sheffield, have now embarked on a clearance sale to run down stocks.

Carol Giles, manager at the Huddersfield shop, said: “It is a sad day. It’s never a good time for people to lose their jobs, but it is particularly hard just before Christmas.

“It had got to the point where the shops were not taking enough money.”

A spokesman for the company’s Mansfield head office confirmed that the business was to cease trading, citing “tough” trading conditions.

The closure of the Jonathan James shop in Huddersfield is the latest in a string of retail reversals for the town, including the collapse of The Cook and Bakeware Company at Westgate in October and a decision by Marks & Spencer to shut its store at the Piazza Shopping Centre.