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Halfords to close Hertford shop

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Halfords are to close their Railway Street shop after trading in the town for over 90 years.

The business recently moved from nearby retail units on the corner of Railway Street and Bircherley Street were demolished for redevelopment.

The first Halfords branch opened in the 1930s in Fore Street, occupying premises now home to Messages and florist Jane Maples.

The company has a total of 843 sites, 472 of which are stores with the rest being garages.

In July last year it was announced that 60 Halfords stores would close due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was despite reporting a 200% increase in online shopping and a 57% rise in cycling sales during the lockdown period. However, this gain was offset by a sharp drop in more-profitable motoring sales.

The company has also announced that the Bishop's Stortford outlet will close.

Halfords was founded by Frederick Rushbrooke in 1892 as a wholesale ironmongery. By 1931 the business had 200 stores.

The shop in railway Street will close on Saturday 27th February. The nearest stores can be found in Stevenage and Harlow. There is also a Halfords Autocentre on the Windsor Industrial Estate in Ware Road.

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