The demise of our traditional high street bank branches is writ large in this notice recently placed outside Maghull’s RBS in Liverpool Road North.
Following the loss of Barclays, HSBC and Nat West from the Town how long will the RBS survive now its down to opening just 2 days per week?
The link above to an on-line property brochure for Maghull Square is interesting although it must predate HSBC closing obviously.
If I had a £1 for every time someone has asked me where Home Bargains are moving to I really would be retiring on a good pension. This seems to be an issue that people really want an answer to.
From this brochure it looks like one of the new units that is presently being built in the left hand corner of the Square. BUT persistent rumours say that this is no longer the case and that Home Bargains are going to the new retail building under construction on the site of the old Maghull Library/Stafford Moreton Youth Centre. And others are even speculating on Home Bargains not moving at all but just expanding into the former HSBC unit next door since that bank recently pulled out of Maghull.
Which option is right? Well as the staff who work in Home Bargains Maghull branch don’t seem to know then it seems the guessing game will be doing the rounds for a while yet.
What’s also interesting in the on-line brochure is the cost of a retail unit in the Square. Goodness me these figures must be well out of reach for many a small business. They may not be out of line with other similar retail areas but where does a small business get that sort of money each year?
I recall when the Square had many independent business in the 60’s and 70’s but now it is dominated by regional and national outfits. Times they are a changing.
With thanks to John for the lead to this story
Oh dear, news is reaching me via Twitter site ‘Sefton Hour’ that indicates that HSBC may well be closing their branch in Maghull.
The Town has already lost a Barclays and a Nat West branch recently; got to be bad news for Maghull if this closure is followed through.
Update/Stop Press – With thanks to a local HSBC customer I can tell you the following:- HSBC have stated that the Maghull Branch is to close at 2.30pm on Friday 2nd December, and all accounts held at Maghull will be transferred to Stanley Road, Bootle Branch.
Picture credit – Liverpool Echo