31 branches have been identified for closure – see if yours is on the list
House of Fraser – the brand behind homeware lines Dickens & Jones, Biba, Gray & Willow and Linea – could be closing 31 of its 59 shops, according to the BBC. This is the plan under a rescue deal to save the ailing department store, which is currently up for approval.
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The biggest casualty will be the company’s flagship on London’s Oxford Street. Sitting somewhere between two more – successful – household names, Selfridges and John Lewis, it’s been struggling in the face of higher rents, staff costs and online competition.
And it’s far from the only one – more than half of House of Fraser stores here in the UK will be closing. Is your local on the list?
Full list of House of Fraser stores closing
Stores slated to close: Altrincham, Aylesbury, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Camberley, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chichester, Cirencester, Cwmbran, Darlington, Doncaster, Edinburgh Frasers, Epsom, Grimsby, High Wycombe, Hull, Leamington Spa, Lincoln, London Oxford Street, London King William Street, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Skipton, Swindon, Telford, Wolverhampton, Worcester.
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