Outlet stores

Why is Gap closing all stores and including factory outlets?


Retailer Gap has announced that it will close all stores in the UK and Ireland by the end of September.

The change will see the clothing brand move online only, with 81 stores involved in the gradual shutdown throughout the summer.

Stores in France and Italy are also subject to closures as the company revises its business model.

Here is everything you need to know about the reasons for store closures and if that includes factory outlets?

Why is Gap closing all its stores in the UK?

The clothing brand which first opened in 1987 decided to close all UK stores after sales fell 9.5% in 2020, a loss of £ 40.7million for the company .

In response, Gap has launched a strategic review of its European operations, with the company citing the drastic shift to online shopping in the UK as the reason for the overhaul.

Do closures include factory outlets?

All Gap outlet stores are included in the 81 store closures.

Scotland is currently home to three Gap outlet stores, located at Oceans Terminal in Edinburgh, Sterling Mills in Tillicoultry and Livingston, all of which will be closed by the end of September.

Will I still be able to shop at Gap?

Gap is becoming what he describes as a “digital first” business, so you’ll still be able to shop at the online store.

What other street stores are now only online?

Gap joins a list of famous brands that have left Britain’s Main Street for good in the past year.

Debenhams was acquired by Boohoo and now operates only online.

Meanwhile, the online platform ASOS bought Topshop and Topman under a deal that did not include the brands’ stores, meaning all UK stores will close.

Miss Selfridge was bought under the same deal, with all of her street stores closing and moving online on the ASOS website.


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