Predictions of poor Easter Weekend retail footfall ahead of the reopening of non-essential retail on 12 April were wide of the mark as activity across all destinations for the latest week increased again, figures show.
As Fenwick prepares to reopen, its CEO has predicted “ a good opening, but a slow recovery as well”. Yet overall, he’s confident it's on the right track and can do well in the changed retail world of the future.
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.
The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based department store retailer has sent a letter to its shareholders ahead of its annual meeting in May, highlighting the progress made by its current board of directors.
The founder of cult NYC-based streetwear label Aimé Leon Dore is taking over the footwear brand’s Made in USA line, becoming the latest high-profile designer to grab a long-term creative role at a sneaker maker.