High street retailer Gap is to close all UK stores

Apparel retailer Gap has announced the closure of all 81 of its stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The company announced on Wednesday (June 30) that it intends to go online “in stages” from late August through late September this year, reports PA.

This includes 19 shops that should be closed in July due to the end of the lease.

In a statement, Gap said, “In the UK and Europe we will keep our online Gap business.

“The e-commerce business continues to grow and we want to meet our customers where they shop.

“We are becoming a digital-first company and are looking for a partner to drive our online business forward.

“Given the market dynamics in the UK and Republic of Ireland, we announced today to our team that we are proposing to gradually close all of the Company-operated Gap Specialty and Gap Outlet stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland from the end of August through the end September 2021.

“We are carefully going through the consultation process with our European team and will provide support and transitional assistance to our colleagues in closing shops.

“We are carefully going through the consultation process with our European team and will provide support and transitional assistance to our colleagues in closing shops.”

Gap has been on the UK high street since 1987 when it first opened stores outside the US in London.

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