High street closures: the shops that won’t be reopening after collapsing during the pandemic

Non-essential retailers reopened in England on 12 April, alongside outdoor hospitality venues

Across England non-essential retail is now allowed to welcome customers back as restrictions are lifted - however, not all retailers were able to survive the Covid-19 crisis.

These are some of the high street shops that won’t be reopening after they collapsed during the pandemic.

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Shops that won’t be reopening

Several high street brands won't be reopening (Photo: Shutterstock)

A number of iconic brands and shops have been unable to survive the Covid-19 pandemic, with many unable to reopen their doors once again.

The collapse of Philip Green’s Arcadia empire in December, means that the likes of Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Burton and Miss Selfrige will not be reopening.

ASOS bought Topshop, alongside Topman and Miss Selfrige, but not the physical shops, which means shoppers can still find the brands online, but not in person.

Similarly, Boohoo also bought Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton as part of a £25.3 million deal - but again, did not buy the physical shops.

Debenhams, Britain’s oldest department store, one into administration last year as well and was also later sold to Boohoo for £55 million, however this did not include its 188 stores.

Brands reducing branches

As well as a number of stores that will be leaving the high street for good, many of those that have managed to survive thus far have had to cut down on their number of physical stores.

John Lewis was forced to close 16 of its branches, including its flagship store in Birmingham Bullring, and Paperchase also lost 27 of its outlets as well.

Shoe retailer Aldo also went into administration at the beginning of June in 2020, and announced that five stores would remain permanently closed. Customers in the UK can purchase Aldo footwear from its website, but it's unclear as to whether more stores will reopen.

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