40 UK Laura Ashley stores to close – will Cheshire be affected?
Retailer Laura Ashley has announced plans to close around 40 stores in the UK but haven’t revealed whether branches in Knutsford, Wilmsow, Nantwich and Crewe will be affected.
Chairman Andrew Khoo has suggested that the 120 stores that are left open will be expanded. He also said that the group would look to move staff from stores that have closed into the expanded stores.
The business plans to expand into Asia, particularly China.
A spokesman said: “Laura Ashley’s new chairman has outlined his vision for the brand, which includes significant expansion in Asia, including opening bricks and mortar stores in China. As part of this vision Laura Ashley will continue to review its store portfolio for the long term. There is no timetable for store closures and no list has been prepared.”