Mumbles’ gift and homeware shop closes less than three years after opening

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A gift and homeware shop in Mumbles is closing less than three years after opening its doors to customers.

Based on Mumbles Road, Neon Sheep sells clothing, homewares, accessories, gifts and cards and is expected to close permanently in the coming days.

Staff at the adjoining Mountain Warehouse store say they believe Mountain Warehouse will take the unit, potentially for its line of pet accessories, although that has yet to be confirmed.

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Neon Sheep’s only other store in Wales, in Abergavenny, is also expected to close in the coming days, according to WalesOnline, while Neon Sheep stores in Lincoln and Eastbourne in England closed last week.

WalesOnline’s sister site LincolnshireLive reported that Lincoln’s Neon Sheep is set to be replaced by Mountain Warehouse, but no jobs will be lost in the switch as the two businesses are part of the same company.

No official date has been given for the closure of any of the Neon Sheep stores in Wales, but WalesOnline has contacted Neon Sheep on several occasions for this information.

Neon Sheep was created in 2018 by Mountain Warehouse founder Mark Neale, who was inspired by popular accessories and gift stores Tiger, Hema, Smiggle and Oliver Bonas.

At the start of 2022, it had a dozen stores in England and Wales – but some of these are said to have already closed or will close in the coming weeks.

The news comes as two more stores have announced they will be leaving Swansea town center in the coming weeks.

Valley Mill in Union Street is closing its branch on 26 February 2022 to move to a new unit in Swansea Enterprise Park, Llansamlet.

And The Card Market on Oxford Street is also due to close on February 26.

Valley Mill in Union Street had been selling Welsh slate and ceramic giftware since opening its doors in April 2016.

The store announced the closure of its downtown branch on social media, offering a 25% moving sale valid until Saturday, February 26, 2022.

One person commented on the post saying: ‘Another nail in the High Street coffin’, while another said: ‘One of the few cool shops in the city centre’.

In 2021, WalesOnline reported that one in seven UK retail units were now empty.

Swansea city center lost Topshop, Debenhams, BHS, Miss Selfridge, what! and shoe retailer Office, to name a few, with Next set to close in March.

The town is seeing newcomers elsewhere, however, and there is hope for exciting developments to come as part of the Copr Bay project, as well as a new Greggs Bakery set to open as part of a huge new student development in the city center. .

Swansea’s struggles are similar to other city centres, with the impact of the Covid pandemic and a drop in footfall with many workers now based from home, affecting the viability of high streets.

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