Body Shop in Harlow among 75 stores set to close

Business / Sat 2nd Mar 2024 at 07:18am

THE fate of the Body Shop in Harlow has finally been revealed after administrators were called in last year.

The Body Shop, which has stores in Harlow, Colchester, Braintree, Chelmsford, Basildon and Southend, went into administration before Aurelius purchased the firm last November.

It has now been revealed a total of 116 stores across the country will remain open while 75 stores will close in a phased period over the next four to six weeks. 

Branches in Colchester, Braintree Chelmsford and Southend are among the stores which will continue trading, while the Harlow, Basildon and Stansted Airport shops will shut.

Elsewhere, however, 489 staff will “regrettably” be made redundant, bosses have confirmed. 

Tony Wright, joint administrator, said: “In taking swift action to right-size The Body Shop UK store portfolio, we have stabilised the business and are providing the best opportunity for this iconic brand to have a long-term, sustainable future.  

“The UK business continues to trade in administration, and we remain fully focused on exploring all options to take the business forward.” 

The retailer employs an estimated 10,000 people across the globe and FRP Advisory will reportedly handle the insolvency process. 

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5 Comments for Body Shop in Harlow among 75 stores set to close:

2024-03-02 08:47:17

go woke go broke, mind I never knew we had a body shop

Kim Oconnor
2024-03-02 08:56:39

One comes, one goes.

Bruce Downey
2024-03-02 09:45:16

A body blow, it’s been here as long as I can remember, such a shame. 😩 another one bites the dust.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-03-02 10:33:32

One comes, two go. BonMarche is leaving the town as well.

David Forman
2024-03-03 05:48:29

The levels of deprivation in Harlow and the lower paid jobs drive the quality stores away. Public Health England moving to Harlow was meant to turn the town around. Maybe, in 2036 we will see a difference?

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