A schoolwear shop which has been part of Huddersfield town centre for decades is set to close.
Rawcliffes at Byram Street will shut before the end of September after its parent group went into administration in the face of tough trading conditions.
While a number of stores belonging to the Cheatle Group have been saved, staff at the Huddersfield store have been told that the shop will close in two to three weeks after failing to find a buyer.
Nigel Morrison and David Dunckley, of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton, were appointed joint administrators to John Cheatle Ltd and John Cheatle (Midlands) Ltd in April.
The Leicester-based John Cheatle Group supplies school uniforms to more than 1,200 primary and secondary schools across the UK. At the time of the administrators’ appointment, it employed about 200 staff and operated 34 high street branches and 46 in-school shops.
The administrators have already sold 12 branches and 15 in-school stores employing about 80 staff to a management team from the Cheatle Group, who have set up a new company, Newplan Solutions Ltd.
Those stores include three Rawcliffes branches in Leeds, Bradford and Stockton as well as outlets trading under other names, mainly in the East Midlands.
The remaining stores, including Rawcliffes in Huddersfield are continuing to trade for the time being as stock is cleared.
The closure of the Huddersfield store will bring to the end a retailing history going back many decades.
Schoolwear store Schofield & Oldfield – which had been trading from premises in Albert Yard since the 1960s – was bought by Rawcliffes in 2000.
Rawcliffes, which had been a long-standing independent schoolwear business, was bought by the Cheatle Group in 2005,
Generations of youngsters have been equipped for school with blazers, trousers, skirts, shirts and games kit by the firm and its forerunner.