Iconic Ecclesall Road store closing down after six serious burglaries

Harrison Clothing, a popular men’s clothing shop on Ecclesall Road, is closing down after being targeted by thieves six times in recent months.

The shop will shut its doors at the end of March, after trading on the high street for 33 years.

It has been broken into six times since 8 December 2018, with a photo on the store’s Facebook page showing shattered glass and crumpled metal shutters in the aftermath of one incident.

They suffered two burglaries on consecutive nights on the run up to Christmas, leaving the shop closed for over a week.

Shop owner John Harrison said: “I, along with my staff and family, can no longer cope with the continued emotional turmoil and financial loss.”

“Seeing our business that we have worked so hard for be destroyed is heartbreaking for all of us.”

John Harrison

The family-run business has received an outpouring of support from customers following the announcement.

One Facebook comment read: “You’ve been a mainstay of Ecclesall Road for so long – you will all be sorely missed. So very sorry that the events of the past few months have led to this.”

Another said: “This makes me so sad. Genuine success story built by a hard working family. Not many of those businesses around anymore and to be ruined by greedy low lives.”

Harrison Clothing has made a name for itself stocking premium designer brands, and is held in high regard by names including Liam Gallagher (founder of Pretty Green and former Oasis frontman) and fashion designer Paul Smith.

The store underwent a major refurbishment in 2010, and now extends over 7,000 sq ft, with tailoring on the top floor.

Phil Bentley is shop manager at Wizard Guitars, a few doors down from Harrison. He said: “It’s just sickening. Clothes are light portable goods with no distinguishing features, so they’re easy to sell on. And these are designer goods, so they’re high value.”

“It’s a long-established family business but they’ve decided enough is enough. I feel incredibly sorry for them. It’s a shame to see them go.”

Phil Bentley, Wizard Guitars

Mr Bentley said a CCTV camera across the road from the shop had been installed just recently, but it was too little too late.

Mr Harrison is calling on anyone with information to contact South Yorkshire Police or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers.