Chester-le-Street Heritage Group
April 2012 saw the closure of SemiChem's shop on the Front Street near the Queens Head Public House.
Previously these premises had been the location for such well known names as Ponden Mill, Tandy, Curry's and Walter Willson.
This is another blow to the Front Street, when will it all end?
Bon Marche Closes
Bon Marche closed its doors for the final time in January 2012. The frontage certainly looks to be in a sorry state.
Dorothy Perkins Closes
Yet another shop closes on the Front Street of Chester-le-Street. Dorothy Perkins which closed in mid January 2012 due to the effects of the economic situation the country now faces.
The premises were then for a short time used by the YMCA charity shop, which opened in the Autumn of 2012. However, the premises are now yet another of Bet Fred’s establishments.
(This photo dates from 1967 and was kindly provided by the late Ivy Baxter).
Burtons & Evans Closes
On Saturday 15th September, 2012, yet another of the larger, long established Front Street shops closed its doors for the last time.
Burtons & Evans shop in what used to be the old archade (County House) had eventually succumbed to the current economic market and decided to call it a day.
Of the few staff remaining, the majority have either been made redundant or have taken early retirement.
Burtons and Evans were the last retailers to trade from these premises. Previously, Phone Bites, Emmersons Furniture and a Charity Shop were to be found there.
Shop & Business Closures
Red Box Closes -
but re-opens as Dee's-PC's
When the Red Box sandwich shop closed earlier in 2012, it remained empty for a while, but has now in January 2013 re-opened as Dee's-PC's new shop, having transferred from their previous premises further up the street.
The Red Box was originally a sandwich shop, but apparently was unable to compete with similar neighbouring businesses, such as Subway and Gregg's.
Dee's-PC's staff worked right through the Christmas and New Year holidays removing all the original kitchen equipment, shelving and counters and are now trading again as usual.
Another of the larger Front Street shops closed its doors on Saturday 26th July 2014 for the last time.
At this point in time it is only speculation that the business was making a loss, which could not be sustained and “Like Many Other Stores” the inevitable happened.
If we hear any further information about this latest shop closure we will update this page.