HIGH street giant Gap is closing down 19 shops in the UK and Ireland at the end of next month.
Gap said is planning to close 19 stores in the UK and Ireland when their leases end in July.
Gap is closing down 19 stores next monthCredit: Alamy
It said the decision will leave it with around 50 other standalone and outlet stores.
Gap said it is continuing to assess its portfolio as part of a strategic review it started last year.
The retailer said although it wanted to “maintain a presence in Europe”, it could be placing a greater focus on its online sales.
Gap hasn’t confirmed the full list of shops that will be closing, but we have asked for more information and we will update this article as soon as we know more.
A spokeswoman for Gap said: “We are proposing to close 19 Gap stores in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland that have leases ending at the end of July 2021.
“These leases are not being extended due to the strategic review that we have under way.”
The store closures follow from news last year that Gap was considering closing ALL 70 shops in the UK, as well as 59 others across Europe.
It said it wanted to operate in Europe through “partnerships” instead.
While back in 2019, it closed more than 200 stores worldwide amid plunging sales in a bid to save the brand.
The fashion chain’s parent firm split into two independent companies – one of which consists the iconic Gap brand, Athleta and Banana Republic.
It said it was carrying out the restructuring in an effort to “revitalise brand health”.
Gap isn’t the only high street favourite who has closed shops as retailers battle to survive the impact of Covid.
Marks & Spencer announced last month that it was planning to close 30 more stores after the pandemic hit its clothing and home sales.
Thorntons revealed it would be shutting all of its stores after taking a hammering during the pandemic, putting 600 jobs at risk.
And Debenhams closed all of its shops for good after a mega closing down sale in May. The company collapsed into administration last year.
Here’s the list of shops that have had to close for good over the Covid crisis.
John Lewis has also announced more store closures this year – see the full list.
Experts warned that the pandemic has been the the “worst time ever for retail”.