3rd Jun, 2020

Future of Clarks unclear as chiefs look at closures

Rob George 6th Apr, 2020

A FAMILY-RUN shoe store has drawn up plans for the permanent closure of some of its stores and drafted in bankers to review its finances as the coronavirus crisis takes its toll, according to reports.

Clarks, which has a branch in Bridge Street, has decided not to reopen ‘a small number’ of its 347 UK stores once the enforced closure of non-food shops comes to an end.

While it’s not clear which branches are currently under threat, the company has furloughed thousands of its store staff under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and is assessing options for the remainder of its workforce.

A Clarks spokeswoman said: “Clarks continually reviews all its stores to ensure that they are the right size and located in the right areas in order to provide the best possible service and offering to its customers.”

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