Two Chichester shops close down - Customers thanked in heartfelt message

Two clothing shops in Chichester will not reopen after they were bought out by online fashion retailers.

Wallis’ North Street store has closed down after Boohoo bought the brand from failed retail group Arcadia.

Last week, Asos bought Arcadia’s other leading brands, Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT.

A sign, addressed to Topshop, Topman customers, appeared in the East Street shop this week, reading: “It’s with heavy hearts that we have to close our doors to everyone. 

A sign, addressed to Topshop, Topman customers, appeared in the East Street shop this week. SUS-211002-152941001

“Thank you to all our customers over the years for being so loyal. Many thanks, stay safe. Lots of love, Topshop Topman Chichester team.”

Chichester BID said it was ‘desperately sorry’ to hear of the closures.

Vice chairman Helen Marshall said: “The Arcadia group brands have always been a stalwart of the high street, always innovative, giving great customer service and delivering visual excitement. 

“We will miss these brands on the streets of Chichester. It now makes it even more important for the BID to focus on delivering a fantastic and vibrant high street for when lockdown eases to ensure the remaining businesses can trade as effectively as possible.”

Topshop Chichester. Pic Steve Robards SR2102032 SUS-210302-094848001

Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia group fell into administration last year.

According to reports in the national media, Administrators Deloitte said around 2,450 staff would lose their jobs as a result of the Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton sale, and the 214 stores would permanently close.

It has been reported that only a fraction of the Arcadia businesses’ 13,000 staff members will carry on into employment with the new owners.