Gap have announced a withdrawal from the High Street across Europe with the closure of all 81 branches.
The announcement ensures Lewisham High Street branch will close. It’s part located in a lovely art deco building which survived mass bombing during World War two.
A branch at the Icon outlet centre in the o2 will also shut its doors.
All UK shops will close between the end of August and end of September.
Bromley and Stratford are others to shut for good.
Just yesterday I covered news of Woolwich Argos closing as branches move into parent company Sainsbury’s stores. Around 420 branches UK-wide are closing.
Recent planning changes make it far easier to convert empty shops into homes, though the location of many Gap branches should ensure they remain retail in south east and east London.
The o2 remaining retail is of course a given – though the idea of living in the o2 would be interesting – and Gap’s Lewisham branch should hopefully find a new tenant soon enough.