Major supermarket to start closing stores within days – is your local shutting its doors?

A MAJOR supermarket is set to start closing stores within days.

Iceland is permanently shutting half a dozen branches, it confirmed to The Sun.

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Iceland is closing almost half a dozen branchesCredit: Getty

Some of the stores have different closing dates but it is not yet known if workers are at risk of redundancy.

Two of the shops are closing for good this Saturday (February 25).

These are the stores in Mill Lane, Bromsgrove and Chineham Shopping Centre in Basingstoke.

Below is a list of stores that are closing next month:

  • White Rose Centre, Rhyl – March 14
  • South Street, Newport, Isle of Wight – March 25
  • St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster, Bristol – March 25
  • Deiniol Centre, Bangor – March 27

An Iceland spokesperson said: “We continually review our Iceland Foods and The Food Warehouse store portfolio to ensure we’re delivering the best experiences for our customers across the country.”

There are currently around 500 Iceland branches and 153 Food Warehouse stores in the UK.

It comes amid chaos on the British high street in recent months, with many big brands also closing shops.

High energy costs and a shift to shopping online after the pandemic is taking a tool on the high street.

Plus, household incomes have been squeeze by the cost of leaving crisis, meaning less people are looking to spend.

Last month, stationery chain Paperchase fell into administration with all 106 stores set to close.

Argos is shutting a handful of standalone stores on high streets with one closing its doors within weeks.

Marks and Spencer has confirmed the closure of more than half a dozen stores across the country.

Halfords has said that it will be closing, or has closed, three branches.


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Finding The Charm Of Marylebone

With its winding lanes and artisan shops, the corner of London that is Marylebone Village is renowned for being one of the most fashionable spots in town. In fact, this reputation for being a hub for artisan makers dates back to the 1770s, when musicians and artists lived and worked in the area.

These days, it is famous for its line-up of independent shops – which – counter to what’s happening in the rest of the UK – seem to thrive in this corner of London. During the late-18th century, the main street became the Marylebone High Street we recognise today, lined with shops and houses. The Portland Estate leased pieces of land out on 99-year leases, on which builders of all types built according to plans approved by the Estate. This led to a great variety of buildings in terms of style, size and occupancy. Tradesmen included an apothecary, baker, goldbeater, hairdresser, shoemaker and watchmaker.

Looking around today, the shop signs may have changed in 2023, but Marylebone still retains a characterful, ‘small town’ feel, despite it being a short walk from the hubbub of Oxford Street. Still known as ‘Marylebone Village’, one of the most-loved shops is the charmingly timeless VV Rouleaux, found on Marylebone Lane. Home to ribbons, haberdashery, millinery and trimmings, the store was founded in 1990 by Annabel Lewis, with the belief that “there are no barriers between fashion and decorating, home and catwalk”. It quickly became a destination store for designers, sewers and decorators and its rainbow-hued window displays are always one of the most imaginative on the high street.

Daunt Books, found in a period Edwardian store,

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Iceland supermarket will permanently shut half a dozen shops within days

Iceland supermarket will permanently shut half a dozen shops within days… so is your local store at risk?

  • The chain has more than 500 Iceland and 153 Food Warehouse shops in the UK
  • The first store closures will happen on Saturday, February 25, with more in March

Iceland has revealed it will permanently close a number of its shops across the UK starting in the coming days.

The supermarket has confirmed at least six stores will close their doors for good in February and March, with the first locking up from this Saturday.

It means some customers face quickly having to change their shopping habits as their local branches leave the high street.

The firm, which has more than 800 Iceland branches and 153 Food Warehouse stores in the UK, has not given reasons for why it is closing the shops.

It comes as many big brands look to cut costs amid rampant inflation and a cost-of-living crisis that has seen energy bills soar and customers tighten their belts to save money.

Iceland has announced it will close half a dozen stores in the coming weeks (stock image)

Iceland has announced it will close half a dozen stores in southern England and Wales in the coming weeks. Pictured: An Iceland market plate in London

Six stores are confirmed to be closing permanently, with reporting it is not yet known if staff working at these will be at risk of redundancy.

The first two stores to close will be branches in Mill Lane, Bromsgrove, and Chineham Shopping Centre in Basingstoke, with both shutting their doors for good on Saturday, February 25.

This will be followed next month by a number of stores in southern England and Wales, The Sun.

The full list of closures and when

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15 petite dresses to shop now that don’t come up short on style

Those of us with petite statures are fully aware of the difficulty of finding chic and stylish dresses to fit our frames.

From the general feeling of drowning in our own clothes to rolling up sleeves and altering our maxi dresses, finding the perfect frock for “petite” women (defined as a height of 5ft3 and under) can present many challenges and takes a bit of time and effort.

Fortunately, many designers and highstreet brands have been slowly adapting their styles to cater for a broader range of body shapes and sizes.

From high-street favourites like M&S and Boden to sustainable label Reformation and celebrity go-to British label Me+EM, many retailers have now released collection with clothes that are specifically designed with a shorter stature in mind. In other good news, Topshop’s popular petite range is now available to buy on Asos.

With that in mind, we have rounded-up some of the best petite dresses on the market from stylish floral midis for every occasion to chic silk dresses for your formal events.

Whether you prefer a figure-flattering bodycon dress ot a breezy linen frock to take on your next holiday, we have got you covered.

In addition to our own selection, we have also included included links to petite clothing ranges from the brands we love, so you can discover their collection for yourself.

Shop our edit below.

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