A number of premium and upscale retailers have reported strong trading on the first day of their stores reopening after the English lockdown eased on Monday with those who turned up to shop being very willing to spend.
Kurt Geiger is set to donate all store profits from the first month of opening to NHS Charities Together, the association of over 250 charitable organisations that support the UK’s National Health Service.
Debenhams isn’t the only UK retailer to opt for a so-called light touch administration filing during the lockdown and on Friday, the UK arm of Victoria’s Secret did the same, naming Deloitte to handle the process.
Shopping malls giant Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has made “strong progress” with its mall reopenings globally with 65 of 90 now open. And indications are that footfall and trade is stronger than expected in many countries.
Debenhams is cutting more than 1,000 HQ and store jobs as 17 branches are set to close, with the firm hoping to emerge from administration as a more flexible entity that can meet the challenges of the new retail world.
Luxury department store Harrods will open a new Outlet branch in Westfield London for its clearance sale, relieving pressure on its flagship and allowing it to focus on new collections in the Knightsbridge store.