Clothing retailer GAP reveals plans to shut down all Irish stores and go completely online on a “gradual” basis
US retailer GAP has announced it will close all of its stores in the UK and Ireland.
In Dublin, the chain has stores in Arnotts, Dundrum Town Center and Blanchardstown Center.
There is one in the Crescent Shopping Center in Limerick and three in Northern Ireland – in Counties Antrim, Belfast and Down.
The announcement includes 19 stores that were already scheduled to close in July as their leases expired.
GAP was founded in 1969 in San Francisco and has been active in Ireland since 2006 and in the UK since 1987.
GAP intends to launch the online business “gradually” from the end of August to the end of September of this year.
They will also provide “support and transition assistance” to colleagues after the closures.
However, it is not yet clear how many jobs will be lost due to store closures.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Gap said: “In the UK and Europe, we will maintain our online Gap business.
“The e-commerce business continues to grow and we want to meet our customers where they shop.
“We are becoming a first digital company and we are looking for a partner to help us grow our business online.
“Due to market dynamics in the UK and Republic of Ireland, today we announced to our team that we are proposing to phase out all Gap Specialty and Gap Outlet stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland. ‘Ireland from the end of August to the end of September 2021.
“We are moving thoughtfully through the consultation process with our European team, and will provide transition support and assistance to our colleagues as we seek to close our stores.”
Retail giants have been fighting to survive the pandemic since the arrival of the coronavirus in 2020.
Huge companies like Debenhams have closed their stores for good following a closing mega sale in May. The company collapsed under administration last year.
Topshop owner Arcadia also suffered the same fate, with the pandemic having “severely impacted” sales of its brands.