Iceland announces which stores will close in autumn 2023
The Covid pandemic posed a huge threat to the high street and retail as shops shut across the country and Britons started spending more online.
Now, the cost of living crisis has caused another change to our spending habits, with fewer people having disposable income.
Back in August, Retail Gazette reported: “According to the British Retail Consortium, 6,000 shops have closed down in the UK in the last five years as a result of crippling business rates, a wave of administrations during the pandemic, and hesitancy around new openings.”
House of Fraser, Boots, M&S, Argos, LLoyds Pharmacy, Iceland, New Look and H&M, among others, have been affected by store closures.
However, other retailers are making ambitious new openings, some of which include Mango, Sephora, Screwfix, Greggs and Moss.
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Some supermarkets have taken a hit in recent months. Iceland is set to face a couple of closures this autumn.
Iceland stores closing this month:
- Trinity Street in Huddersfield – October 28
- Fulford Road, York – October 28
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Iceland stores that have already closed this year:
- Mill Lane, Bromsgrove
- Chineham Shopping Centre in Basingstoke
- White Rose Centre, Rhyl
- South Street, Newport, Isle of Wight
- St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster, Bristol
- Deiniol Centre, Bangor
- Newport, Wales
- Marygate, Berwick
- Flint, Wales
- Beccles, Suffolk
- St David’s Place, Swansea
- Cowden High Street, Fife
- Llanelli, Wales
- Birkenhead, Merseyside
Richard Walker, the executive chairman of Iceland Food, explained that some closures are simply down to an expiring lease. In some cases, local shopping patterns have changed.
But Iceland customers need not worry, as the supermarket also has store openings coming up. A spokesperson said: “Across Iceland and The Food Warehouse we have a portfolio of over 1,000 UK stores, and our retail estate has grown by nearly 200 stores over the last 10 years.
“We typically open more than 20 new stores each year, creating many new jobs and contributing to the growth of local economies.”
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