Moorlands town about to lose leading high street retailer

ONE of the UK's largest clothing retailers, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM), is pulling out of a Staffordshire Moorlands town.

Carlisle-based EWM is set to close more than 50 stores including its Edinburgh Woollen Mill branch in Derby Street, Leek.

Around 600 jobs are likely to be affected by the shock closures.

EWM's portfolio also includes leading high street brands Peacocks, Bonmarche and Jaeger.

Bonmarche is not part of the proposed restructuring.

The business has blamed government-enforced national and local lockdowns, due to the coronavirus pandemic, being responsible for lower sales.

EWM operates more than 1,100 stores, including multiple locations throughout the North West.

Earlier this month, the company became embroiled in a row with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) which had claimed that it owed Bangladeshi garment factories £27m in unpaid bills.

The BGMEA later retracted the claim after Edinburgh Woollen Mill threatened legal action and conceded that most bills had been either paid or agreed.

Picture: The Edinburgh Woollen Mill store in Derby Street, Leek.


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