The Murraygate has been dealt a fresh blow after Carphone Warehouse closed its doors after a 20-year stay.
The telecoms chain, run by parent firm Dixons Carphone, pulled down the shutters with a new shop frontage appearing over the weekend to alert shoppers to the closure.
A note scrawled in pen on the front door reads: “We are now closed. Please visit our store in (the) Overgate.”
Last week, the Tele revealed the unit the Carphone Warehouse has occupied since 1997 was on the market, advertised by estate agents Ryden.
When initially contacted, the firm refused to confirm or deny that the store was earmarked for closure.
However, the company confirmed to the Tele today that the store had shut down.
Dixons Carphone announced in May that it was set to close 92 stores across the UK in order to cut costs.
However, it is understood that no job losses are being incurred as a result of the closures, with staff from affected stores reallocated elsewhere.
Murraygate has seen a string of high-profile closures in recent years – and council Labour group leader Kevin Keenan, said “out-of-the-box thinking” was needed to try to lure businesses into its vacant units.
He said: “I think we need to take time to revisit and look at what kind of businesses could be encouraged to come in and take up these vacant units.
“It’s obviously a prominent city centre location, you have a lot of footfall from people going between the Overgate and Wellgate.
“Maybe it’s time to look at leisure facilities or other things to fill the unit, think outside the box. Perhaps the rates are just that bit steep for some businesses to consider taking it on.”
Other brands which have left the street recently include Vodafone, which closed in March last year, the Disney Store, which closed four months later and Burton/Dorothy Perkins, which shut in August.
However, a former American candy store is being renovated a few doors down from Carphone, while a vacant lot once home to a Christmas store was snapped up for redevelopment in March.