Laura Ashley in Harrogate to have closing down sale


Last updated Jun 19, 2020

Laura Ashley is set to reopen its branch in Harrogate this weekend for a closing down sale as administrators keep the company’s stores under review.

The outlet on James Street in the town centre will open its doors on June 20 as part of a reopening of stores across the country.

Social distancing measures will be in place, including floor markings, and fitting rooms will be closed.

The company’s stores are expected to trade until further notice.

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It will be the latest retailer to reopen since lockdown restrictions were relaxed on non-essential shops earlier this week.

It comes as Laura Ashley brought in administrators PwC back in March after trading concerns due to coronavirus. PwC sold part of the company to Gordon Brothers, but it did not include any of the 147 stores in the sale.

A spokesperson for PwC said:

“The administrators continue to review the position of Laura Ashley stores and will provide further updates in due course. Laura Ashley stores in the UK started to reopen from June 15 in line with government guidance. 

“The administrators continue to trade the e-commerce business and prepare for all stores to reopen once permitted to do so, to sell through the stock on hand.”

The company announced earlier this week that a further 56 redundancies will be made at the business in head office and back office positions.

It follows 268 roles which were scrapped back in April.

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