Hammonds of Hull closes unexpectedly but bosses say it will reopen

Unexpected closure comes as concern grows over food hall’s future

Hammonds of Hull has closed suddenly with no notice.

Nick Acklam, Hammonds of Hull floor manager, confirmed to Hull Live that the food hall has a “temporary closure”. He would not clarify how long the closure was for. It came as there were mounting concerns over the future of the iconic building and its ambitious redevelopment in Hull city centre.

Earlier on Monday, BBC Radio Humberside presenter David Burns told listeners that two former employees had claimed Hammonds is closing. Earlier he had posted on social media asking: “Is it finally the end of the road for Hammonds?”

Speaking after Burnsy’s programme, Mr Acklam said: “We have a temporary closure”. He said could not make any further comment. The food hall, with its range of bars and eateries, continues to advertises itself online as open from 10am to 10pm Monday to Saturday.

The extensive food hall takes the entire ground floor of the former Hammonds House of Fraser department store at the corner of Jameson Street and Ferensway. It first opened in December 2021 and has had a rollercoaster of a journey since then. Earlier this year, Hammonds of Hull announced it was changing its opening times, which included midweek closures.

In his tweet, Burnsy said: “Is it finally the end of the road for Hammonds @HoHFoodHall? Been here before but two people who’ve worked there say that’s it. I was in Saturday night, they had no draught beer. Not a good sign.”

The new timetable, announced in January, showed the food hall would be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for a number of weeks. Mr Acklam told Hull Live at the time that they were “planning to use the two days of closures for planned works to the shop floor”.