Closing down sale starts ahead of city centre shop swap

The sign in Sports Direct, Davygate. Photographs: YorkMix

Another unit on Davygate will soon be vacant after Sports Direct prepares to move.

The shop’s closing down sale started last week, ahead of its switch to a big new store.

Widely anticipated, it is official confirmation that there are no plans to operate two branches in the city centre.


Posters in the window say that a ‘brand new megastore’ is opening soon. Work is well underway at the former BHS to fit it out for the new Sports Direct – as well as several other retailers all owned by Mike Ashley.

These are Evans Cycles, fashion brand USC, Flannels – which has already opened, and a Game Belong Gaming Arena.

YorkMix revealed in January that the old BHS store had been bought by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct retail empire fore £10.75 million.

Openings too

On the move… Sports Direct
It means that another shop will be up for let on Davygate.

The street has already lost Gap and a branch of Halifax, and Debenhams is also closing before Christmas.


But there are shop openings in York city centre too. Just Smile Designs, which sells greetings cards and gifts, opened on Bootham last week.

And sci-fi, fantasy and LGBTQIA bookshop Portal opened on Patrick Pool in October.

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