Iceland Closes Outlet in Huddersfield
Iceland, the bargain supermarket chain, is permanently closing its branch on Trinity Street, Huddersfield today. This closure comes after the supermarket shut down three other outlets last month. However, shoppers in Huddersfield still have access to an Iceland store at the nearby Great Northern Retail Park.
Retailers Struggle Amidst High Street Closures
High streets across the country have been hit hard by a wave of closures in recent months, with more closures anticipated. The Covid pandemic and the ongoing cost of living crisis have led to reduced spending by consumers, impacting retailers. Additionally, high energy costs and the shift towards online shopping have further contributed to the struggles faced by high street outlets.
Boots and Wilko Among the Retailers Closing Stores
Boots, the high street chemist, is set to close 14 branches by the end of the year as part of a larger plan to reduce its total number of shops. Similarly, Wilko recently went into administration and closed all of its stores. However, there is optimism as the brand's new owner plans to bring Wilko back to the high street in time for Christmas.
Other Chains Forced to Close
Several other chains, including M&Co and Paperchase, have also permanently closed their doors this year. The closures highlight the challenges faced by retailers in today's competitive digital world.
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