Clothes shop closures ‘not expected to affect Horsham’

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HORSHAM is unlikely to be “dramatically affected” by the Arcadia clothing store closures, according to the town’s business partnership.

Last week Philip Green the chief executive of the company, which owns clothes chains including Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, BHS, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins, said they would be closing about 250 stores nationwide in the next three years as their leases come to an end.

There are three Arcadia-owned shops in Horsham: BHS and Dorothy Perkins in Swan Walk shopping centre and Top Shop on West Street.

There are also displays of Evans, Wallis and Burton clothing in BHS.

But in response to his comments, Gill Buchanan, chairman of Horsham Unlimited, has told The County Times that the closures would probably not have a big impact on the town because there is not more than one branch of each chain in the town, unlike in big cities.

She said: “Horsham town centre has no duplication of Arcadia brands and the matter of lease terms is between them and their individual landlords.

“We would not expect Horsham to be dramatically affected by this national review.”

Arcadia has not released information about specific stores and would not confirm Ms Buchanan’s interpretation of the company’s plans.

Following Mr Green’s television interview, an Arcadia spokesman said: “We don’t have specific information [about locations] but over the next two to three years approximately 480 leases across the portfolio of more than 2,500 UK and Eire stores are due to expire.

“The probability is that we will close approximately 250 of these stores.

“We are obviously continually looking at our store portfolio, and there are plans for the opening of new stores and refurbishments in addition to closing on the expiry of leases.”

Horsham District Council refused to comment on lease information of individual shops and how any closures could affect Horsham town.