High Street Retail Giant Gap Closes All Stores in UK and Ireland

High Street retail giant Gap has announced that it will close all stores in the UK and Ireland by the end of 2021.

The company said it plans to operate online “in stages” from the end of August to the end of September this year.

The number of affected employees has not been identified, but he added that he would provide “support and migration assistance” to his post-closure colleagues.

The retailer has been active in the UK since 1987 and has a store in the Republic of Ireland since 2006.

According to Gap’s online store finder, there are a total of 81 stores in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The announcement follows a strategic review aimed at “finding new, more cost-effective ways to maintain presence and serve customers in Europe.”

Gap said in a statement: “We plan to maintain the Gap online business in the UK and Europe.

“The e-commerce business continues to grow and we want to meet our customers who are shopping.

“We are becoming a digital first business and we are looking for partners to help drive our online business.

“We shared with the team today that we are proposing to phase out the Gap Specialty Stores and Gap Outlet Stores operated by all UK and Irish companies due to market dynamics in the UK and Ireland. 2021 From the end of August to the end of September.

“We are carefully proceeding with the consultation process with our European team and will provide support and transition assistance to colleagues who are considering shrinking their stores.”

This year, high street closures continued, including brands that were part of the former Arcadia retail empire, such as Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, and Burton.

More than 200 shops across the brand have been forced to close, and more than 2,000 jobs have been recruited in February.

Food and clothing retailer Marks & Spencer will also close more stores after being hit hard by the boulevard blockage.

Retailers said in May that they were targeting another 30 closures in the next phase of their long-term transformation plan.

It has already closed or relocated 59 stores, but said it is accelerating changes in its store portfolio under the influence of the pandemic.

Mike Bedigan

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