57 more Monsoon Accessorize stores could be saved

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Monsoon Accessorize Peter Simon administration
Founder Peter Simon said Monsoon and Accessorize will continue to have a "strong presence" on the high street
// Monsoon Accessorize could save further 57 stores after landlords agreed to base rent deals on turnover
// The retailer fell into administration on June 9
// It was bought out by founder Peter Simon the following day, resulting in 545 job cuts

Monsoon Accessorize has reportedly revealed that 57 more stores than expected could be retained after a larger number of landlords than predicted have agreed to base rent deals on turnover.

The fashion group, founded by Peter Simon, went into administration during the coronavirus lockdown which put 2300 jobs at risk.

However, a day later Simon’s Adena Brands bought out the retailer, resulting in an immediate loss of 545 jobs and 35 store closures.


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The company had originally planned to reopen only 100 of its previous 230 shops, but it should now operate 157, which means that 2400 jobs may have been saved, The Telegraph reported.

The stores are still, for now, under the control of administrator FRP Advisory after the brand itself — along with its head office, design teams and distribution centre — was repurchased by a vehicle controlled by Simon.

The shops will be open by the end of next month, FRP said.

Meanwhile Simon thanked landlords for being helpful during the process.

He said Monsoon and Accessorize will continue to have a “strong presence” on the high street.

Last week, Simon has told BBC Radio 4 that of the 100 stores that are planned for reopening, only six to 10 of them will be Monsoon shops.

Monsoon Accessorize has begun to reopen its stores with more than 30 now up and running.

It’s unclear what impact the latest development will have on the Monsoon brand itself.

Moreover, retailers are increasingly steering towards turnover-based rents.

A raft of stores from AllSaints to Frasers Group, and TM Lewin, are in talks with their landlords about changes to the way they pay rent to reflect store takings.

Struggling fast fashion retailer New Look handed its landlords an ultimatum on Monday over its store estate as it sought turnover-based rents.

The retailer hired consultancy CBRE in an effort to move its 500-strong store estate across to turnover-based rents, which increases the possibility of its falling into a pre-pack administration should those discussions not be successful.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. There are massive problems with the way landlords charge rent . The retail landscape is changing with the old business model no longer sustainable . There is a place for the traditional retailer on the high street but in the new world of retail rents must fall to reflect a sustainable level at which the store is able to pay its way . A fundamental re alignment must take place with a transition to much lower turnover based rents , if not who will open a store ?

  2. I think retail landlords and the shopping centres need to be more realistic and there is a need for government to reform Commercial Law in terms of leases. Upward Only rents is an out of date model. Rents should be based on turnover and based on the local demand for retail in an area so more realistic. There should be no need for change of use for long empty units.

    Unless there are specific reasons for designated units like listed buildings needing change of use.

    Business rates need to be abolished. Again it should be based on size of store and it’s turnover not on historic rates system. Unless this is done you are going to see most of the UK’s high street chains fold before the end of this year the rate it is going or by next year at the latest. It’s now at a critical stage.

    I would also add converting retail to A3 or restaurant use is not the answer either. CCC are using this as a basis to convert empty units and that’s fine where there is a potential tenant but COVID 19 is one of the worst in the country with a second surge in Canterbury/ Ashford area and huge number of deaths over the last couple of weeks.

    I think relying on restaurants and hospitality is unrealistic.

    We need more independent retail for the high street to survive and keep the chains we have.
    Monsson / Accessorize now have a big gap in their store network in the South East with only one store in Bluewater, and may be one in Brighton. Canterbury, historically had a store for many years. May be they could return to a different location than Whitefriars. They previously being in the Buttermarket and Burgate which has plenty of voids and leases are much cheaper that way.

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