High street retailers across the UK started 2020 facing tough conditions as customers increasingly looked towards online competitors, but no-one could have predicted the level of turmoil in store. The coronavirus pandemic has led to temporary closures, social distancing and dwindling tourist numbers, which all weighed on UK towns and cities - including in Leeds. A raft of retailers cut jobs, closed stores and secured restructuring deals to survive. However, for some companies, none of these measures were sufficient to preserve their place on the high street. Here are the biggest retailers to disappear from Leeds since March 2020:
All Topshop stores have shut for good after Deloitte, administrators for Arcadia group, sold the brand and stock to online retailer Asos. There were three Topshop and Topman stores in Leeds - located in Briggate, White Rose Shopping Centre and Kirkstall Bridge shopping park.
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2. Miss Selfridge
Along with Topshop, Topman and HIIT, Miss Selfridge has been sold to Asos closing all Leeds outlets. A total of 2,500 jobs have been axed as a result of the sale.
Menswear store Burton is another casualty in the Arcadia group. It was announced today that all stores will close after the brand was snapped up by online retailer Boohoo. Burton stores were located in Trinity Leeds, White Rose and Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park
4. Dorothy Perkins
Burton's sister brand Dorothy Perkins has also closed its Leeds stores, following the sale of the brand to Boohoo
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