Cargo will remain as a furniture clearance store, Joules to open next month but still no news on BHS closure

Barnstaple's Cargo Homeware store has officially closed - sort of.

Store management confirmed that the homeware shop had officially ceased trading, although High Street shoppers in Barnstaple may have noticed the doors remain open.

That's because the store is now operating as a Cargo Clearance Outlet - a shop specialising in furniture.

Kieran Kidd, manager of the Barnstaple store, said: "Cargo has closed as a homeware store and website, although we are still selling the discontinued stock.

"The store will still be branded as Cargo, but we will have furniture coming in to replace the homeware.

"Essentially we are a Harvey's clearance store so we will have great quality products at amazing prices, the stock is coming in every week and it's always something different, so if you see something you like buy it while you can.

"We are happy to be keeping the shop open here in Barnstaple so we can continue to be a part the community for many years to come"

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

The news will be a welcome boost for the High Street as it was first thought the Cargo unit would become vacant.

Elsewhere in the town centre, clothing brand Joules has confirmed it is moving into the High Street.

The retailer will move into the vacant Nationwide building at number 25, and is expected to open in August, although an exact date has yet to be announced.

The store is currently awaiting a planning decision for internal alterations and signage for the listed building.

Town centre manager Hannah Harrington said: "It is great news that Cargo have decided to retain their store as a furniture outlet.

"This decision, along with Joules opening their new store, shows that, despite what is a difficult time for the retail market, retailers still see Barnstaple as worth investing in.

"Compared to towns of a similar size, Barnstaple has a really good retail offer with a great mix of national and independent brands; hopefully we can use this to attract more shops to the town."

One shop that will be leaving Barnstaple in the future is BHS.

Last month, administrators said the firm would be wound down, although store management were unable to 
give any indication on when the store may close.

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