Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans OBE said:
“This is clearly a blow for Plymouth to have this store on the list – but we need to find out more about the proposal, to understand if this is the end of the road for this shop or if there are some other avenues House of Fraser can take.
Clearly it must be hugely worrying for the staff at the store who have done an incredible job of keeping customers coming through their doors, playing a leading role in the retail life of this city for many years. They have done this despite huge and rapid change to how people shop.
We are fortunate that this landmark building is owned by British Land who have a reputation for being pro-active and working successfully within the challenging landscape of retail. They have invested significantly in Plymouth and have secured 20 new brands for the city.
We are aware that British Land have been in talks with the House of Fraser in anticipation of significant changes to the company’s estate. British Land are working with them to develop a number of options for the future of this building and we will be supporting them in bringing this forward.
The Chief Executive and I will be meeting British Land in London next week for an update on this.
The city centre has a bright future – retail is changing but we are determined as a council to continue to attract investment to keep our city
as the number one destination in Devon and Cornwall.”