Locations of all 61 Thorntons chocolate stores listed for closure with 603 jobs at ri…


All 61 Thorntons chocolate shops will close with 603 jobs now at risk, the company announced earlier.

The retailer said it had been hit hard by the Covid pandemic which has seen many of its stores closed during key periods around Christmas and Easter.

It said it has seen sales surge online and will invest instead in its grocery supply business as part of the major shake-up of its operations.

The company, which was founded in Sheffield in 1911, was bought by Italian food giant Ferrero in 2015 for £112 million.

Adam Goddard, retail director at Thorntons, said: “Changing dynamics of the high street, shifting customer behaviour to online, the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the numerous lockdown restrictions over the last year – especially during our key trading periods at Easter and Christmas – has meant we have been trading in the most challenging circumstances.

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More than 600 jobs are now at risk at the chocolate retailer

“Unfortunately, like many others, the obstacles we have faced and will continue to face on the high street are too severe and despite our best efforts we have taken the difficult decision to permanently close our retail store estate.

“We will now go into full consultation with our colleagues.

“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.”

So where are the 61 stores which are all set to close? Below is a list of stores which have been earmarked for closure.

-St Enochs
-Dalton Park
-Glasgow Silverburn
-Gretna Green
-Gateshead Metro
-Newcastle High Friars
-Glasgow Buchanon
-Leeds White Rose
-Sheffield Crystal Peaks
-Sheffield MH Lower
-Doncaster Cafe
-Sheffield Fargate
-Sheffield MH Upper
-York Cafe
-Castleford Cafe
-Cheshire Oaks
-Liverpool One
-Chester Eastgate
-Manchester Arndale
-Manchester Trafford
-Lincoln High St
-Nottingham Vic
-Birmingham High St
-Leicester Highcross
-Swindon Gt Western
-Bristol Cribbs
-Cardiff St Davids
-Livingston cafe
-High Wycombe

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