A PROMINENT city centre shop is set to close its doors later this month.

B&M, in James Street in Rawson Quarter, is to close at the end of January the company has confirmed, bringing to an end a 15-year stay in Bradford city centre.

The popular bargains store will close on January 28, putting many people out of work.

It is thought that declining footfall in the area the city centre where the shop is, combined with the even greater hit on business caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, are the reasons behind the stores closure.

The closure is a big blow to the top of town in Bradford and will leave a prominent city centre unit empty.

B&M signed up for Rawson Quarter when the £12 million shopping complex opened in 2005.

A spokesperson for B&M said: "Unfortunately we are closing our James Street store.

"We are working with colleagues to find them jobs in stores nearby.

“We want to thank customers for shopping with us over the years and hope to see them in other B&M stores in the future.”

B&M still has eight stores in the district, in Girlington, Clayton, Kings Road, Thornbury, Greengate, Shipley, Bingley and Keighley.

There also stores in Pudsey, at Owlcotes Shopping Centre, in Skipton and in Brighouse.