Cardiff’s 15:17 store that replaced Topshop on Queen Street has closed as the business goes into liquidation
Cardiff department store 15:17 has closed less than a year after it opened on Queen Street in the city centre. The store took over Topshop’s huge unit, which had been sitting on the high street for more than a decade in June last year. However, the store now appears to be permanently closed as the company is being liquidated.
Cardiff shoppers will have noticed that the store floor and unit windows have been bare since the start of the year. After weeks of speculation about the future of the store and attempts by WalesOnline to clarify the situation with company representatives, it has been confirmed that 15:17 has gone into liquidation.
There was excitement and optimism when the store opened in the city center last summer, with a long queue of shoppers on Queen Street ahead of its soft launch. Billed as a “department store with a difference”, 15:17 aimed to bring together local and national brands, selling beauty products, clothing, food and drink, flowers and more. There was also an in-store cafe, Fresh, Local & Wild, which catered to vegans and food intolerances, and a phone repair clinic.
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However, by autumn the top two floors of the store had been closed and emptied, with escalators blocked and stock apparently limited to food, drink and plants on the ground floor. The rest of the store was gutted in early January, leaving the huge unit largely empty. You can find out more about shops that have closed in Cardiff over the past five years here.
A winding up order was issued against the company on February 22 according to the Companies House. While the Cardiff store was 15:17’s first in Wales, when it opened the business already had five branches in England and two in Scotland.
15:17 had taken over the Topshop unit, which closed in the city center after its parent company Arcadia fell into administration in November 2020. What the future holds for the unit – which also adjoins the location void formerly occupied by Zara – remains unknown.
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