Mothercare has confirmed it will be closing 50 stores across the UK leaving 800 job positions at risk.
And despite no plans to close the Canterbury branch, a level of uncertainty is lingering around.
Some Canterbury residents oppose this news and have given their reasons why the local store should not close:
1) One of only a few stores to stock maternity wear in store
A Canterbury resident Charlie Turrell said: “Mothercare in Canterbury is the only place that you can buy maternity wear in store”
stores such as H&M and Dorothy Perkins sell maternity wear but it must be ordered in store.
2) It’s a community
Another Canterbury resident, Faye Godfrey said : “I always found my local Mothercare a great place to find out about local family events.
“And to meet like-minded Mums and Dads in the area.”
Mothercare isn’t just a store its a group and they regularly run events for families and pregnant women. For example, they have one upcoming called ‘The expectant parent event’ running through June.
Created to support and help families who are expecting a child.
Abbie Keen, 22, Dover has said: “I’m unhappy about it closing because they have more choice then anywhere else.”
As of March 2017, there were 152 stores in the UK, each store known for stocking everything a mother needs.
4) Affordable for mums of all classes
Canterbury resident, Bella-Louise Richards said: “Any town or city needs a mother care because of the things they sell for what is needed.
“Plus the workers are polite and helpful great place to shop for all you need at good prices”.
Mothercare’s customer base varies from working class to middle class offering mixed prices starting low and rising to medium to high costs to cover all customer needs.
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5) Safe fitting of car seats
As previously mentioned Mothercare isn’t just a store it’s a group, and they go out of their way to ensure the safe fitting of car seats in customer vehicles.
Shellagh Mellowship, Canterbury said: “The staff go on courses on the prams and push chairs and how to fit car seats correctly”.
Also Lorraine Jones, Canterbury said “A reason it should stay open is for the safe fitting of car seats”.