Shoppers were left puzzled after the city center vintage clothing store suddenly closed


Shoppers are wondering if a vintage clothing store in downtown Hull has closed permanently.

The Vintage Store on the corner of Paragon Street and Chapel Street first opened in April on the first day non-essential shops were allowed to open following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

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Based in a former bank, it housed two floors of vintage clothing, from worn Levi jeans to 60s print dresses and retro football shirts.

It also included a wide range of classic vintage sports shoes.

However, the store was closed this week with empty shelves and storage units visible through its windows.

The main downstairs area also appears to be full of boxes containing clothing and fashion items as all display cases have been removed.

The Vintage Store on Paragon Street shortly after opening in April

There has been no explanation for the sudden closure on the store’s social media sites and no information is posted in the store itself to tell customers what is happening.

A nearby business owner said: “It hasn’t been open for a few days. One day it was open, the next day it was closed and it’s been that way ever since.”

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Entrepreneurs Aaron Thornhill and Kane Blythe, who ran the store, opened a second branch in York city center in August and another in Newcastle city center last month.

Speaking to Newcastle Live after the opener on October 2, Kane said: “It was ridiculously choppy and it didn’t calm down either.

The vintage shop
The vintage shop

“We are absolutely blown away by this – this is our best store opening yet. It’s ridiculous, we easily have 10,000 people walking through our door every day.

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“I’m blown away. I feel blessed.”

He said plans were now underway to open a new flagship store in London’s Oxford Street.

However, Hull shoppers are wondering if their local store will reopen at some point in the future.

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