Full list of high street shops and restaurants closing next week – is there one near you?
Major MAJOR chains and restaurants are preparing to permanently close some of their branches next week.
Retailers are feeling the pinch since the pandemic as shoppers cut spending due to soaring inflation.
When prices rise, it compresses household incomes, which means people have less money to spend.
This is bad news for shops, restaurants and pubs.
High energy costs and the shift to online shopping are also taking their toll and many high street shops are struggling to keep going.
Some well-known retailers are closing a handful of branches, while others have disappeared from the high street for good.
But all is not bleak, as some retailers including Poundland and Superdrug have announced plans to open dozens of new stores.
Below we’ve listed all the chains closing branches next week – including Iceland and Frankie and Benny’s.
Lidl, which has 950 locations, is closing two of its stores this weekend.
Its stores in Sturry Road, Canterbury and Forton Road in Gosport will both close on Sunday May 28.
They are closing due to the poor condition of the building and the patrons deeming them unfit for use.
All relevant staff will be offered roles in other locations.
Fans of the discount chain will be delighted to hear that Lidl plans to open hundreds of new stores across the UK.
Potential locations would be high street, freestanding, mixed-use or mall stores.
Iceland has already closed more than half a dozen stores this year, but more closures are on the way.
Shoppers in Flint, Wales will lose their store on Saturday May 27.
It comes after several stores were permanently closed earlier this year, including branches in Bromsgrove, Basingstoke and Rhyl.
Additionally, another closure will take place on June 17, when Iceland in Beccles, Suffolk will close permanently.
There are currently around 500 Icelandic branches and 153 Food Warehouse stores in the UK.
Typically, Iceland opens more than 20 new stores each year, and 24 new stores opened last year.
Lloyds Pharmacy will start shuttering several pharmacies, located in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, from next week.
Sainsbury’s branch at Civic Way, Swadlincote will close on May 30.
Several closures will then take place in June and July, including at Sainsbury’s supermarkets in Chesterfield, Kidlington and Gloucester.
Lloyds has already announced the closure of 237 of its pharmacies in Sainsbury’s supermarkets by the end of the year and closed 76 stores in 2022.
Boots closed a string of stores this spring, and now another branch is set to close for good.
Boots in King William Street, London, is due to close on June 2.
All store team members have been redeployed to other local Boots stores, the spokesperson added.
This follows the closure of three stores earlier this year, including branches in Manchester, Malvern and Ellsesmere.
At Frankie and Benny’s
The Restaurant Group (TRG), owner of Frankie and Benny’s, had previously announced plans to close 18 loss-making restaurants.
The group confirmed to The Sun earlier this week that 12 restaurants will permanently close on Sunday (May 27).
This follows the closure of six branches earlier this month, including branches in Blackpool, Tamworth and Chesterfield.
The 12 Frankie’s and Benny’s that will close on Saturday are:
Four Chiquito restaurants and just one Firejacks will also close permanently this weekend.
Four Chiquitos restaurants will also close this weekend:
A single Firejacks located in Basildon will also close to customers on Saturday.
In March, the company announced it would close 35 of its Frankie and Benny’s and Chiquito restaurants to boost profits.
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