Another hit to the high street has been announced as Gap announces they will close all its 81 stores in the UK and Ireland. Its decision was made as it follows other brands to become a “digital-first” business it was announced last night.
The high street giant will be closing in a “phased manner” between August and September. As of yet, it is not known how many jobs will be lost as a staff consultation period is due to begin.
Britain’s high street has been hit hard over lockdown with giants Debenhams and Arcadia – which owned Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins all disappearing.
In a statement, a Gap spokesman said: “In the United Kingdom and Europe, we are going to maintain our Gap online business.
“The e-commerce business continues to grow and we want to meet our customers where they are shopping. We’re becoming a digital first business and we’re looking for a partner to help drive our online business.”
The closure of shops comes as experts warned the pandemic is the worst time ever for retail.