Call for ‘revolution’ of shopping habits as New Look clothes shop faces closure

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 March 2018

New Look in The Triangle. Picture: Google

New Look in The Triangle. Picture: Google

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A Clevedon town councillor has called for a ‘shopping revolution’ after a national retailer revealed plans to close its town centre store.

New Look in The Triangle looks set to be one of 60 stores in the country to close as the business attempts to reduce costs.

New Look’s announcement follows the recent closure of another long-standing town centre shop.

Lb to Lb Butchers, which has been in Station Road since 1939, shut its doors earlier this month, partly due to declining footfall, and councillor David Shopland believes shopping habits need to change if town centre traders are to thrive.

He said: “It is very difficult to provide a shop in The Triangle which sells something people need.

“The modern approach to shopping is to do it all under one roof and get out.

“We have to revolutionise the shopping habits of a nation.”

Although 60 per cent of readers who responded to a poll on the Times website said they do not believe the closure would be a major loss for Clevedon, reaction on social media has hit out at the number of shops closing in the town centre.

Margaret Hawkes said: “It is a shame it is closing as a lot of youngsters use it.

“I always thought it was a shame it couldn’t have been a bigger shop as there is not a lot of room in there and it has been there for a long time.

“No wonder Clevedon is going downhill – we need to get a bit of life in the town centre.”

New Look says its ‘tough but necessary’ decision is based on its need to make the business profitable again.

The company’s chief executive Alistair McGeorge said: “Given our challenged trading performance and over-rented UK store estate, we are having to take tough but necessary actions to reduce our fixed cost base and restore long-term profitability.

“We have held constructive discussions with our key landlords and strategic partners, and will now seek creditor approval on our company voluntary arrangement proposal.

“A priority for us is to keep all potentially affected colleagues informed during this difficult time.”

Almost 1,000 New Look employees could be made redundant nationwide, but the company says it will try to redeploy as many as possible.

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