THE closure of Teesside Retail Park’s H&M store has reduced the opportunity for shoppers in the North East.

H&M announced the store’s closure on Tuesday, with up to 20 staff members expected to be made redundant.

The nearest H&M store to shoppers in Teesside is now in the Middleton Grange shopping centre in Hartlepool.

Further stores in the North East are in the Prince Bishop Shopping Centre in Durham, The Bridges in Sunderland, the Metrocentre and Eldon Square in Newcastle.

Former stores in Middlesbrough and Stockton have also closed over the last few years.

Read more: H&M announces closure of store at Teesside Park

The Northern Echo: H&M's Teesside Park store, which has now closedH&M's Teesside Park store, which has now closed

H&M suggested that it had decided to close its Teesside Park store due to a lack of demand.

“Customer behaviour is constantly changing, and we need to adapt accordingly. We want to be where our customers are,” a spokesman said. “The physical store is still extremely important to us and will be a place for customers to shop, discover and be inspired.

"At H&M, we are constantly working to integrate physical and digital stores, we want to find the strength in each channel and make the customer journey smooth."

H&M’s closure comes after Superdry recently announced it was also leaving Teesside Retail Park.

Read more: Work underway on new Tim Hortons café in Teesside Park

But despite the closures, Tim Hortons plans to open at Teesside Park, creating 50 jobs, and is expected to open later this year.

The popular Canadian restaurant announced plans to open a drive-thru in Teesside last year and excitement around the new site is building.

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