Bonmarché to shut 100 shops if new owner not found

Bonmarché store closures
Bonmarche currently employs 2887 staff
// Bonmarché has reportedly earmarked 100 stores for closure
// The retailer will close stores if it fails to find a new buyer

Bonmarché is reportedly seeking to close 100 of its 318 stores in the UK as it continues to explore all options for the future.

The British retailer drafted in advisers from FRP Advisory last month to assess options for its business while it continues to trade on the high street and online.

It is now in talks with prospective buyers while 100 stores are earmarked for possible closure if the business cannot be sold, Drapers reported.


Stores in Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, Market Harborough in Leicestershire and Kirkcaldy in Scotland, among others, have “closing down sale” signs in shop windows.

Back in April, Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner Philip Day’s investment firm Spectre Holdings acquired a majority share of the business, which prompted a mandatory takeover bid.

Bonmarche currently employs 2887 staff.

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  1. I’m really sorry to hear about bon Marche I buy all my clothes there as they cater for short people and I really do not know what I will do without them I have loved shopping there as often as I could.

    • Sorry to hear this. I love Bon Marche and is always my first destination when shopping. Only shop that carries 25” trousers!

    • You could elaborate (ie give evidence to prove what you say) – everybody else seems to think the stores suited them.
      Biggest problem for High Street outlets is people buying online = less cash coming into the store but they still have to pay heating, staff, rates etc

    • Thank you it’s nice to see that some people actually think about us staff that have to worry about how we are going to pay bills and not just worry about where they going buy their next pair of jeans if we close 🙂

  2. I love Bonmarche I hope a buyer takes over soon. I will be gutted if my local store closes as they sell clothes in dif lengths and great quality. I am always in there and online if they haven’t got my size in store.

  3. I get my clothes from there. Love the tops. It has all sizes to fit all different people. Be a shame to lose it, also all the lovely staff in there. Hope you find a buyer.

  4. Oh what a shame I will really miss bonmarche I buy all my clothes from here have done for years hope a buyer can be found thankyou all at branshome one in hull great staff always ready to help so sorry for you all

  5. Bonmarche very best for older age group. Quality and style excellent will really miss them if they cease trading. Hope a solution can be found to keep them going

  6. So so sorry to here of the closers of Bon Marche.My friend told me the one in Great Yarmouth was closing. So I went on line and ordered 4 lovely tops.

  7. I have visited several of the bonmarch shops and it will be a shame when they close they cater for the more mature person with a very good choice

  8. I’m a wheelchair user I live in sleaford I buy clothes from bonmarche.i have to travel to a store. I have been to newark grantham spalding boston and skegness. The only store I can use wheelchair and move around easily is boston please dont close this one bonmarche. It’s so light bright and roomy. Staff all lovely.

  9. Very sad day if they do close. They cater for all ages. Great value and plenty of choice. All my summer, and winter clothes are from there, and women of all ages ask me, where did you get that from. So much better than the very over priced M&S and Debenhams.
    So sorry for the staff too. Always nice people.

  10. So sorry to hear both Sheffield store and Crystal Peaks to close. Buy from Bon Marche regularly and use Sheffield store and online. If I pop into the store it’s not very often that i don’t buy something, the staff are always friendly . Been impressed with the extended size range this year which I find handy for jeans and trousers .
    Bon Marche is a go to store for the 40+ age bracket we need fashionable clothes that are going to fit well , a good size range and choice of leg lengths.

  11. I buy my clothes there but order online as then I can be sure to get my size. Quality of some items, notably knitwear has gone down of late. Old cardigans going strong, new ones thin and pilled.

  12. I am so so sad that Bonmarche will be closing, I have bought loads of clothes from there, they are of good quality and good price, I am a plus size and always get something to buy that fits.
    Please please get someone to buy these stores, we are running out of places to shop.

  13. I was devastated to see the Closing Down notice in our Derby branch. I buy (bought) all my clothes from there for quality, style and sizing. I have quite a number of items pre-dating the David Emmanuel era which still look like new. The store here was not particularly well placed – too long and narrow making it cluttered by the display stands. Burton-upon-Trent and Weston-super-Mare stores being far better in width, making access far more customer friendly. Equally, I always felt that our store was way over-stocked for its rather poor access and inside proportions. There are, needless to say, a few items which I really need to purchase before they leave, unless someone takes over .

  14. A very sad day today. Our Bonmarche in Cardiff is closing down. Such good choice and such good value for money. So disappointed as I always head for there first when shopping for something special.

  15. I’ve shopped there for quite a while and have noticed a real decline in quality. Two items bought earlier this year were faulty and had to be returned, one with the tags still in place. I had to do a 40 mile round trip to another store to replace the unworn garment because Bon Marche wouldn’t help, very poor by the standards of other stores. I’m not surprised they are losing custom, they’ve lost mine.

  16. I think its high time the Goverment steps in to stop this good shops Bonmarch and other such shops and buisness closeing down

  17. Keeping my fingers crossed the store in Dundee is saved. Great selection of clothes and good sizes. The stall are very friendly and helpful.

  18. I really hope Bon Marche doesn’t close in Bridllington as I buy most of my clothes from there I need a long length in trousers which I can order on line and can pick them up at the Bridlington branch with no trouble. Also we have lots of visitors from spring onwards with people llving most of their time in Brid and the age group is mostly women who need this shop for their age group. Please do not close t his busy shop as there is nowhere elso in B|rid since the closure of M&S

  19. Please keep the Bon Marche shop open in Bridlington as it is the only shop that caters for my age group, they are a good price and it is always busy, good quality and plenty of choice. We have already lost M&S so please do Not close this popular store

  20. So sorry for all the staff, what a worrying Christmas for them. I do hope a buyer is found soon. Best shop ever and the staff are so friendly and helpful. I shop in the fareham and gosport branch

  21. I suffer with lymphodema in my legs and bon marche cater for my size I will miss them if they close the staff are very helpful

  22. I have always loved shopping at Bon Marche in Morecambe, they are the only clothes shop that fit me perfectly and always been happy with them. Wish they weren’t closing down, it will break lots of people’s hearts and the staff.


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