One card shop saved, but two have to shut

ADMINISTRATORS of Clinton Cards have announced they are to close a store in Clevedon - but one in Nailsea has been reprieved.

The national greeting card retailer revealed earlier this month that a programme of widespread closures would be made after Clinton Cards PLC was placed into administration with reported debts of �35million.

This week it was announced the Clevedon store in The Triangle will shut in the near future.

About 200 Clinton Cards stores and all its Birthday outlets will close, with the process set to start this month and continue into June.

But the Nailsea branch, in Colliers Walk, will remain open according to town centre letting agent Ian Thompson following the negotiation of a new long-term lease.

He said “The company has contacted the landlord to ask for a new lease as it proved to be a profitable store.”

But the good news has been tainted by the closure of fellow card shop Kind Thoughts, off Nailsea High Street, after more than two decades. It is not known what business will replace it.

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Work has also begun on re-fitting the new WHSmith store in Crown Glass Shopping Centre this week. It is expected to open in the middle of June.

Mr Thompson said contractors have now moved into the former Cargo store to start laying the floor, install a service lift, furnish it and to move in new stock.

WHSmith announced in October plans to take over part of the old home furnishing store. A second smaller unit is still up for let.