Major high street shop to close website within days before stores shut for good

The Paperchase Store in the regatta town. Paperchase has collapsed into administration appointing Begbies Traynor to handle the process as Tesco looks to snap up the retailer., Credit:Geoffrey Swaine / Avalon

A MAJOR high street shop is set to close its online store for good this week.

Paperchase has announced that it will be stopping its online operations from Friday, February 17.

Paperchase has announced that it will be stopping its online operations this week

It comes as the stationery chain fell into administration last month and announced the closure of 106 stores.

The online sale is set to continue until midnight on Friday and has been increased from 20% to 30% off.

A statement on the Paperchase website reads: “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that online store will cease trading on Friday February 17 at midnight.

“We want to take a moment to thank you for your support and loyalty over the years.

“In the meantime, you can still shop online and get at least 30% off everything today.”

It also states that customers can still shop in stores “with new stock arriving weekly” but warned “when it’s gone, it’s gone”.

Shortly after the brand fell into administration Tesco quickly stepped up to buy rights to the brand, as it plans to sell Paperchase items in stores.

But HOAR previously revealed that administrators were planning to liquidate the business, closing all of the 106 stores and putting 1,000 jobs at risk.

All stores have since launched closing down sales, though it hasn’t been confirmed when they’ll shut for good.

Yesterday was the final day that customers could use their Paperchase vouchers before they expired.

Any rewards left on loyalty cards also expired at midnight.

Shoppers will no longer be able to get a refund – but you may be offered an exchange.

Last week, shoppers were rushing to buy bargains from Paperchase as the retailer looks set to “disappear from the high street”.

Stores may disappear off the high street within weeks but the process could take up to two months so it’s not clear when this could happen.

You can see the full list of Paperchase stores here.

The company opened its first store in 1968 in Kensington, London.

In 2010, it launched its website and its first standalone store in Ireland in Dundrum, Dublin, in 2020.

From the Scottish clothing brand M&Co to wellies store Joules, a number of familiar brands went bust in 2022.

Here, HOAR has put together a full list of retailers that closed last year.

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