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"Heartbreaking" decision to close Darley Mill

"Heartbreaking" decision to close Darley Mill

Published at 6:10am 19th October 2016. (Updated at 1:35pm 19th October 2016)

The owners of Darley Mill say it's been a "hard and heartbreaking" decision to close it.

The centre, which company The Towel Rail bought in 2009, will shut for good on Christmas Eve after a closing down sale.

The firm, which also owns The Yorkshire Linen Company, says there's been a steady decline in visitor numbers to Darley Mill over the last four years.

Ross Leventhal, Director of The Towel Rail, said: "We have seen a steady decline in visitor numbers and our turnover has fallen considerably.

"As a board of directors, we felt we now couldn't substantiate the loss any further, and in order to safeguard the rest of the company and the 250 employees we have, it was decided we need to close the mill."

Ross believes there are many reasons for the decline, such as a number of road closures around Darley Mill, including the closure of the A59 at Kex Gill at the beginning of the year which lasted for several weeks.

He added: "Darley attracts people with time on their hands, but we're finding the elderly customers are now buying online, they're quite educated on internet shopping."

At the moment, it's unclear what will happen to the building. 

Ross said: "We have looked at selling the mill to other retail operators, but there's been no interest whatsoever. We're looking at this stage to get planning permission to convert to residential, but that could be some time off. So, unfortunately, it's a case of closing the mill and boarding it up securely until we can find a purchaser."