The number of UK jobs and stores lost in pandemic-hit retail continues to rise. Since non-essential stores were first forced to close a year ago, almost 190,000 jobs have gone and 15,153 stores have closed, figures show.
The UK government has confirmed that non-essential stores, beauty and hair salons will be able to open as planned in England on April 12. And John Lewis is the first big name to share its reopening plan.
Few British fashion boutiques have as much mystique as Browns, the central London emporium which opens April 12 in a swish new location at 39 Brook Street, with an uber-innovative redesign and a sustainable restaurant.
It’s a case of la dolce vita for Primark. True to its word, the value clothing and lifestyle retailer is back on the international expansion trail, announcing it will dramatically increase its presence in Italy.