Video: Jake Meskell finds out about the first ever Paul Smith store is closing its doors
The first ever Paul Smith store in Nottingham city centre will close its doors after almost 50 years of trading.
The Beeston-born fashion icon has made a name for himself around the world but now has only one shop left in the city of Nottingham.
The shop, on Byard Lane, will close its doors on Sunday (August 27).
Staff members left a message for customers which said: “Say hello, wave goodbye.
“Paul Smith on Byard Lane is closing in 2017 and thank you for your support over the years.
Partner at The Tokenhouse Geoff Williams thinks the closure will be a loss but is a logical closure in the grand scheme of things.
He said: “For it to go now is just a great loss to Byard Lane in particular and also Nottingham.
“The flagship store however is still in tact and is far and away much bigger than the one that is closing.
“The one that’s closing is going to get all the stock transferred into the Willoughby House store.
“It’s not as though he’s closing down – it’s just a logical closure.”
Hilary Silvestre of the Nottingham Civic Society feels similar to Mr Williams.
She said: “It’s very sad to see his original store closing down.
“It’s part of Nottingham’s business and social history and it’s a bit like Jesse Boot’s first store in Goose Gate and we’ve had a plaque put up there to say that’s what it is.
“It’s always sad when a piece of history leaves its original site.
“We’re very glad though he’s still got a very strong presence in Nottingham.”