Boohoo buys Arcadia brands Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton

The longstanding Arcadia high street retail stores, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton are set to close after its administrators sold its intellectual property assets to the fashion retailer Boohoo in a deal worth £25 million.  However, it is believed that despite the online business being purchased, Boohoo will not take on any of the firm’s remaining High Street stores or its workforce, which will result in the permanent closure of 214 UK stores and put about 2,450 jobs at risk.

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Why did Boohoo buy Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton for £25 million?

Boohoo’s Chief Executive John Lyttle has said:

Acquiring these well known brands in British fashion out of administration ensures their heritage is sustained, while our investment aims to transform them into brands that are fit for the current market environment.

We have a successful track record of integrating British heritage fashion brands on to our proven multibrand platform, and we are looking forward to bringing these brands on board.

Boohoo’s Chief Executive John Lyttle

What will happen to Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton‘s high street stores?

All 214 Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton stores will now permanently close, resulting in thousands of high street job losses. In total, 260 employees will transfer to Boohoo to mainly head office functions such as brand design, buying and merchandising, and the digital part of the business.

Why are retailers like Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton struggling?

Many retailers like Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton have being issued with winding up petitions by their commercial landlords to recover unpaid rent. In April 2020, an industry body said that British retailers suffered their biggest fall in sales since the 2008 financial crisis in the first half of April as the pandemic forced store closures.

Fashion retailers like Oasis Warehouse Group and Laura Ashley Holdings also went into administration during the UK lockdown.

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