Latest twist in store saga as manager reveals last day of trading is on August 31

Cargo in Barnstaple High Street is to close, with JD Sports moving in, the Gazette understands.

Store manager Kieran Kidd said Cargo staff were told on Friday they would be made redundant and August 31 was the last day of trading. A sale is now running with 70 per cent off homeware and up to 60 per cent on furniture.

Mr Kidd said JD Sports was moving in to revamp the premises sometime after August 31.

“JD Sports has bought out the lease of the property,” he said.

Last month we revealed how the Cargo store was now operating as a Cargo Clearance Outlet, with staff under the impression it would continue ‘for years to come’.

The Cargo brand is owned by Steinhoff International, whose brands include Harvey’s and Bensons for Beds.

The Gazette has asked JD Sports and Cargo for a comment.

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