// Frasers Group to close 9 Jack Wills stores immediately
// Affected stores are in Abersock, Aldeburgh, St Andrews, Dartmouth, Harrogate, St Ives, Lincoln, Rushden Lakes and Southwold
// Follows last week’s announcement that it would shut 5 stores
Frasers Group is set to permanently shut down another nine Jack Wills stores, less than a week after it revealed it would close down five sites due to “unprecedented uncertainty”.
The latest tranche of Jack Wills stores set for closure are located in Abersock, Aldeburgh, St Andrews, Dartmouth, Harrogate, St Ives, Lincoln, Rushden Lakes and Southwold.
Retail Gazette has contacted Frasers Group to confirm how many staff will be affected by the closures.
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Last week, a spokesperson from Frasers Group – which had rescued Jack Wills out of administration in August 2019 – said the firm had been negotiating with landlords to keep the stores open.
However, due to the “unprecedented uncertainty” in retail in recent times due to the coronavirus pandemic, further closures were “inevitable”.
In August last year, Jack Wills was sold for £12.75 million to Mike Ashley-owned Frasers Group – then known as Sports Direct International – via a pre-pack administration deal.
An earlier tranche of store closures took place in January, when six sites were identified after rent negotiations with landlords had failed.
Prior to that, 13 stores had shut down around the time of Frasers Group’s acquisition.
Around 70 Jack Wills stores remain in operation.