THORNTONS has confirmed plans to shut all its company-owned shops, but more than 100 franchised branches are unaffected by the closures.
The chocolatier said it has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, which has forced its shops to shut for months at a time over the last year.
Thorntons shops are currently closed across England, Wales and Scotland, in a move that's impacted sales across key periods like Easter and Christmas.
It’s now been confirmed 61 company-owned branches won’t reopen when lockdown ends – but franchised stores will open for business.
Confirming the news yesterday, its owner Ferrero said Thorntons would also continue to sell chocolate online via its website.
Thorntons will sell chocs through other shops where they are stocked such as supermarkets as well.
Non-essential shops are expected to open again on April 12 under plans for the country to leave lockdown.
But Thorntons isn't the only company to confirm its shops won't reopen – we've listed all the high street chains that you won't see again.
Adam Goddard, retail director at Thorntons, said: "Unfortunately, like many others, the obstacles we have faced and will continue to face on the high street are too severe.
"We understand that this will be an uncertain and concerning time for our colleagues and we will actively support them during this period of consultation."
Which Thorntons shops are not closing down?
Thorntons has more than 100 franchise stores that operate under the name but are run independently.
These are not affected by the closures.
We've listed the locations of these franchise stores in the box below.
This list is based on the list of stores on the Thorntons website, which would appear to suggest that 103 branches will still open.
We've asked Thorntons for confirmation of exactly how many shops will stay open and we'll update this article when we know more.
Which Thorntons stores are NOT closing?
THORNTONS stores that are franchised – so ones that are run independently and not by the company – are unaffected by the closures
- Barton Upon Humber
- Blaby Post Office
- Broughty Ferry
- Locks Heath
- Lytham St Annes
- Market Harborough
- Ross On Wye
- Royal Wootton Bassett
- Sutton In Ashfield
- Thornton Cleveleys
- Trentham Gardens
- West Bridgford
Which Thorntons shops are closing?
Shops that are directly owned by Thorntons won't be reopening once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
In total, there are 61 branches that are shutting.
The move is expected to put 603 jobs at risk across the chocolate chain.
You can see which places are closing in the box below.
Which Thorntons stores are closing?
THORNTONS is closing 61 of its high street stores – here’s the full list of locations it has across the country:
- Birmingham High St
- Bristol Cribbs
- Cardiff St Davids
- Castleford Café
- Cheshire Oaks
- Chester Eastgate
- Dalton Park
- Doncaster Café
- Gateshead Metro
- Glasgow Buchanon
- Glasgow Silverburn
- Gretna Green
- High wycombe
- Leeds White Rose
- Leicester Highcross
- Lincoln High St
- Liverpool One
- Livingston café
- Manchester Arndale
- Manchester Trafford
- Newcastle High Friars
- Nottingham Vic
- Sheffield Crystal Peaks
- Sheffield Fargate
- Sheffield MH Lower
- Sheffield MH Upper
- St Enochs
- Swindon Gt Western
- York Café
The news comes after industry experts warned last year that the pandemic had been the “worst time ever for retail”.
Meanwhile, in August 2020 it was estimated that over 43,000 retail jobs have been axed since the start of coronavirus lockdown.
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