Pawnbrokers in Scunthorpe celebrates a makeover
A pawnbrokers in Scunthorpe is undergoing a total refit in a sign of the firm's commitment to the town.
Cash Converters, on Belgrave Square in the town centre, is being given a £100,000 makeover after 12 years of being in business.
The Scunthorpe branch is one of over 210 Cash Converters stores across the UK, and is due to re-open fully on Saturday, April 7.
A limited service is being offered in the meantime.
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Work on the store aims to give it a newer and more up-to-date interior.
Darren Heath, store manager at Cash Converters in Scunthorpe, said: "The success that we have had in Scunthorpe has enabled us to give the store a fresh look and keep up-to-date with the high street.
"The refit is set to provide a more modern and convenient environment for our customers to help enhance their retail experience in store."
A spokesman for the company said: "Due to the Scunthorpe store providing local residents with financial services for 12 years, the store is overdue for a face lift.
"The refit has come at a time when the British high street is under scrutiny from the government and retailers are facing daily challenges. However, the new look of the store will help provide a better shopping experience."
Despite the good news, the High Street is facing another empty premises after GAME went into administration.
The video game retailer has closed 277 stores across the country, including the branch on Scunthorpe's High Street.
The seven members of staff at the store were made redundant as part of the closure. The shut-down was due to happen by Friday, March 30, although signs are already outside the store announcing its closure.
Joint administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are currently trying to find a buyer for the struggling business, but have already had to make 2,104 redundancies nationwide.
Gamestation shops, which are also owned by parent company GAME Group, will not be affected by the closures.
The news about GAME received a mixed reaction from shoppers and businesses in the town centre.
Rowan Welch, manager at Click-PC on Market Hill in Scunthorpe, said: "I feel like this is a bad sign for the High Street, because GAME always seemed like a popular shop.
"I think it will surprise some people, because it is one of the bigger names across the country. Hopefully the closure may help Gamestation do more business, and avoid a similar situation there."
Stefan Frew, 21, is a keen video gamer from Scunthorpe. He said: "This came as a surprise to me at first, but when I think about it there is so much competition.
"With second-hand stores and places that trade games at lower prices, there were cheaper places available.
"I did go there occasionally, but found that it was often cheaper elsewhere or on the internet. That is the main problem for the High Street, and the town centre needs to be made more appealing if it wants to attract shoppers."
The remaining 333 stores, employing 2,814 people, will stay open as normal while the administrators continue their efforts to find a purchaser for the business.