A LIST of major high street stores closing next week has been revealed – Tesco, Boots and Lidl shoppers could be left disappointed.
A series of closures have swept the country as the cost of living rises, energy bills soar and some businesses continue to feel the knock-on effects of the pandemic.
Even industry giants have fallen victim to store closures in recent months.
This is because shoppers have been forced to cut back on spending, while at the same time the cost of running stores has also increased.
Figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) this summer revealed the UK lost 6,000 stores over five years.
Popular beauty retailer Boots sadly announced it will be shuttering 300 stores next year, following multiple closures in 2023.
Here’s the full list of stores closing by the end of the year:
- Mudge Way, Plymouth – November 18th
- Mount Pleasant, Exeter – November 18th
- Front Street, Prudhoe – no date
This comes after seven branches closed their doors in October and two earlier this month.
Meanwhile, buyers were shocked to see eight had pulled the plug from February to August.
A Boots spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the stores listed are part of the previously announced Boots store consolidation program.”
All team members in these branches will be offered alternative roles.
Supermarkets also suffered the same fate, with Tesco announcing the impending closure of a branch in Liverpool on November 15th.
The Mount Plesant Tesco Express in the town will say goodbye for good, much to the disappointment of students.
The move followed an announcement last month that the industry giant would close two more stores after deciding to abandon its new Jack’s brand.
Tesco permanently closed seven of its Jack’s supermarkets last year, while six others were converted into new Tesco supermarkets.
The Jack’s stores were originally opened to take on rival bargain retailers Lidl and Aldi.
But four years later, Tesco decided to close all Jack’s stores due to a lack of customer demand.
However, Tesco fans will be pleased to hear that the household name still has around 2,800 stores open and shoppers can use the store locator tool on the website to find the branch nearest them.
Meanwhile, Lidl, the grocery discounter’s competitor, also had to close numerous branches.
A branch in Beckenham announced its impending closure on Wednesday November 16th.
Their message read: “We are closing at 6pm on November 16th but you will love your shops in Bromley North, Bromley Town Center and West Wickham.”
This follows closures in Drayton Road, Mile Close and Sturry Road, Canterbury earlier this year.
Lidl also closed its stores in Redditch town center this summer.
But it’s not all bad news for Lidl shoppers.
The discount retailer plans to open hundreds of new stores across the UK.
The full list of 1,168 sites includes locations across all parts of the UK – including: 66 in Scotland, 83 in Yorkshire, 83 in Central England, 91 in South London and 42 in South Wales.
The retailer has also confirmed its new store target of 1,100 stores by the end of 2025, creating 4,000 new jobs.
Bargain hunters will be horrified to learn that the discount retailer has closed another store.
A branch at Westmorland Retail Park in Cramlington was given notice to quit on Saturday November 4th.
However, the closure is part of the chain’s relocation plans as it opened a new branch in Cramlington on Saturday November 11.
Film fans were heartbroken to hear the popular cinema chain would be closing a branch in Hengrove Leisure Park, South Bristol.
To make matters worse for locals, this is also the last remaining cinema in the area – and it will be gone forever on November 26th.
On the same day, Trident Retail Park Cineworld in Runcorn will also close permanently.
Clarks has confirmed it will permanently close its store at Newport Retail Park in Spytty in November.
The company will also say goodbye to its High Street branch in Newcastle-under-Lyme by the end of 2023.
The Clarks store at Riverside According to local news reports, the Norwich retail park is set to close in November.
The Westwood Cross shopping center in Kent will also close in mid-November.
Here is the full list of closures announced so far:
- Westwood Cross Shopping – mid November
- Newport Retail Park – mid November
- Riverside Retail Park store in Norwich – November
- High Street in Newcastle under Lyme – by the end of 2023
Homebase announced the closure of two stores in November and a single store in December.
The hardware store chain will soon close the shutters of its store at Marsh Mills Retail Park in Plymouth.
At the same time, Homebase bosses have confirmed that the store on Southam Road in Banbury will also close next month.
On December 10th, Homebase will pull the plug on its shop at the O2 Center on Finchley Road in London.
The M&S store at Eagles Meadow Foodhall in Wrexham was one of the stores forced to close and now a final trading date has been confirmed.
Shoppers will be able to visit the store for the last time on Thursday, November 30th.
The news comes after M&S announced it would permanently close ten of its stores this year and move to new locations.
Wetherspoons has closed 34 pubs in the last 18 months and plans to close dozens more.
Wetherspoons currently has 27 pubs for sale – 17 are still available while ten are on offer.
The 17 Wetherspoons currently for sale and at risk of closure are:
- The Pontlottyn, Abertillery
- The Ivor Davies, Cardiff
- Spa Lane Vaults, Chesterfield
- The Gate House, Doncaster
- The Market Cross, Holywell
- The Regent, Kirkby in Ashfield
- The Mockbeggar Hall, Moreton
- The Grove Line, St Ives
- The Sir Norman Rae, Shipley
- The Sir Daniel Arms, Swindon
- The White Stag, Todmorden
- Funny sailor, Hanham
- Resolution, Middlesbrough
- The Rising Sun, Redditch
- Sennockian, Sevenoaks
- Lord Arthur Lee, Fareham
- Plow & Harrow, Hammersmith
Ten of the following pubs are also on offer:
- The Butlers Bell, Stafford
- Wrong, Bexleyheath
- The Percy Shaw, Halifax
- The Alfred Herring, Palmer’s Green
- Foxley Hatch, Purley
- The Cross Keys, Peebles
- General Sir Redvers Buller, Crediton
- Asparagus, Battersea
- Miller’s Well, East Ham
- Coronet, London
This is because other high street brands have also announced closures in recent months.
A fashion retailer with 400 stores confirmed that more stores will be closing in the next few days.
New Look has closed several stores in a series of closures this year.
Meanwhile, a major retail chain with over 1,200 stores closed another store in a new wave of 100 closures.
Additionally, several popular chains, including M&Co and Paperchase, are also facing the same fate.
And major homewares brand Habitat will also disappear forever as its last three standalone stores close.
Argos closed one of its standalone branches for the last time in September.
Additionally, a popular WHSmith store in Crown Walk, Bicester, closed its doors for the final time on August 30.