600 jobs at risk as Thorntons shuts all stores

Chocolate brand Thorntons has announced that it is shutting all of its 61 shops, putting 600 jobs at risk.

The company said while it had been committed to transforming its stores in an already tough retail environment, including significant investment to open new format stores and cafes in the right locations, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic had been “too severe.”

“Unfortunately like many other retailers, the obstacles we have faced and will continue to face on the High Street are too severe,” said the retailer in an update to customers. “Despite our best efforts we have taken the difficult decision to go into full consultation to start the permanent closure of our retail store estate.

It added: “We understand that this will be an uncertain and concerning time for our colleagues and we will actively support them during this period.”
The retailer said that it had seen strong growth on its website and that this would remain a key focus, while continuing to invest in building the brand in grocery channels is also a priority for the company.

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