The brand, which is facing structural difficulties, announces that it will close 81 stores by September and maintain only one online operation.
The last gap. The ready-to-wear brand will close stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland by the end of September, the American Group said in a press release.
«Today we shared with our team the proposal to phase out all Gap and Gap let toilet stores in the UK and Ireland between the end of August and the end of September 2021.The group announced the decision in a message on its website without specifying the number of employees affected.
Gap has 81 stores in the UK and Ireland. Nineteen stores “As the lease expires, it will close by the end of July, and we recommend that the remaining stores close between the end of August and the end of September.», Said a spokesman for the AFP. Closing “The dynamics of these markets“, The group explained, promising to pay”Support and conversion assistance for colleaguesAffected.
Only online sales left
However, the mark is added as needed “Maintain his presence“She has been active in the United Kingdom since 1987 and arrived in Ireland in 2006. She does this.”Keep working onlineIn the UK and Europe.
This announcement is a “Strategic review“Following the Group in the Gap Activities in Europe”Conducted an in-depth assessment of potential partners for (its) gap activity in France, Italy, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.“Gap announced last October that it was considering closing stores in France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy by June 2021. In France, on June 25, the Competition Authority approved the purchase of the brand’s 21 French FIB funds. In stores, Gap says.A partnerStores have not identified the potential for its stores to take over.