Further update – it appears nothing could be done to save the store (or nothing was done perhaps). Today (21st December 2013) there was very little stock left in the shop, but there were lots of customers buying what little was left in the sale. Most of the stock will be sold at an auction in the store to be held on January 4th 2014. The store will close on Christmas Eve. It will be a sad loss for its loyal customers and for the town of Reading. It will be even harder now to find those hard to find things and to find somewhere that sells quality goods at realistic prices. Truly it is all very upsetting.
One positive thing is that Jacksons have sold their schoolwear business to Stevensons (who now have another shop in the Market Place), because Stevensons have a policy of “sourcing from UK manufacturers wherever possible” – http://stevensons.co.uk
Update on what is happening to Jacksons of Reading Department Store. It is to close at Christmas 2013, unless a buyer is found 😦
Today (14.02.2013) I got UK made socks and UK made boxer shorts there. It’s a quirky store and they sell stuff you won’t find anywhere else and pride themselves on their customer service. It is a beautiful building inside and out, with a fabulous pneumatic tubes to handle cash. Why not visit this fabulous traditional department store and buy something – that could save the store? Or maybe buy the store? It would be such a shame to see Jacksons close – save Jacksons of Reading!
I came across this fabulous facebook page all about Jacksons today – https://www.facebook.com/J.TWOMS.
Jacksons The Family Store. Usual Opening Hours 9.00 – 17.30 Monday to Saturday.
E. Jackson & Sons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, berkshire, RG1 3AS. Telephone 0118 957 4477. (On the corner of High Street and Kings Road).
Also, see the interview below with the Managing Director, Brian Carter.
Jacksons of Reading 1875 – 2013
A little history of Jacksons of Reading (taken from their website):