Home Bargains to close 'best shop on the high street' permanently within days | The Sun

A BARGAIN shop owned by Home Bargains is closing another store within days.

Quality Save's store on Chapel Street in Chorley will pull the shutters down for the final time on Friday, October 6.

All staff at the Chorley branch will be transferred to the new Home Bargains superstore which opened last November at Alliance Retail Park on Water Street.

Shoppers have posted their heartache reacting to the news on social media.

One person said that the store is "one of the best on the high street".

Another person recently said: "Quality Save in Chorley is closing this Friday.

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"Everything marked with 'x' is half-price. Thank me later."

A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: "We are closing the Quality Save store and believe our Home Bargains store will provide Chorley with a great range at great prices.

"All Quality Save team members have been offered a role in Home Bargains and we look forward to welcoming them into the team."

Quality Save was founded in 1974 by Bob Rudkin.

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He started off with an indoor market stall in Walkden, and a small shop in Farnworth.

The company then expanded and opened more outlets over time.

On January 26 2023, Quality Save was sold to TJ Morris, owner of Home Bargains, with all stores set to be rebranded to the Home Bargains brand.

In August 2023, TJ Morris confirmed that the Stalybridge, Atherton, Chorley and Darwen stores would not take part in the rebrand and would instead close for good.

At the time a spokesperson said: "Home Bargains are delighted to welcome Quality Save to our family we've been working through store specifics and investing in converting stores to the Home Bargains brand growing sales and creating jobs.

"We have decided to close four small stores as part of our review but guaranteed roles in nearby Home Bargains stores for all colleagues."

Right now the chain operates across 14 stores – 10 of which will eventually become Home Bargains.

Quality Save stores have a red and sky blue logo which often confuses shoppers who could easily mix it up with that of Home Bargains.

A number of retailers have been struggling as high inflation sees consumers cut back on their leisure spending.

Meanwhile, shoppers are increasingly turning to online retail and away from physical branches.

That, combined with high energy and wage costs, has seen a number of businesses struggle to stay financially sound.

A number of retailers have collapsed into administration this year, including Cath Kidston, Paperchase and M&Co.

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Meanwhile, others have been closing stores and consolidating their portfolios.

It's not all bad news though as some retailers have been opening stores, including Poundland and B&M.

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