Hopefully, once high streets reopen on Monday, April 12 businesses in Hertfordshire won’t need to worry about lockdowns again.
It’s been a difficult year for shops, whether a small independent or major chain, and sadly not all of them have made it through the pandemic.
It means that as we all head to our shopping centres next week, there will still be some shutters down.
Hopefully shoppers will be able to support those who do open, to ensure that other major retailers don’t follow.
Some of the most high profile closures include Debenhams, which confirmed that all their stores will be closed from May 15.
There’s also the major John Lewis store inside Atria Watford, which still hasn’t been replaced ahead of the reopening on Monday.
We’ve rounded up all the big names that will remain closed on April 12.
Last year the department store collapsed after a failed takeover bid, and since then it was confirmed that while the brand name will operate online the stores will disappear.
The only store that will reopen on April 12 is the Hemel Hempstead branch, which will open for a month-long closing down sale.
It is one of 97 stores to reopen temporarily, but will close for good on May 15.
Brighthouse is another chain that has had financial trouble in recent years, before coronavirus proved the final obstacle.
It will affect stores in Stevenage and Harlow, which now will not reopen.
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Topshop – including its men’s section Topman – has permanently shut its doors across the country including in Hertfordshire.
All the brand’s stores have closed after it was bought by Asos in February. Topshop has now become an online-only brand.
It means that big and popular Topshop stores in Cheshunt, Brookfield, Watford, Stevenage, St Albans, Hertfordshire, will not reopen, along with others across the country.
One of the saddest losses for Hertfordshire was John Lewis in Watford.
John Lewis shut down eight stores including the Watford store which was loved by locals.
The town’s elected mayor, Liberal Democrat Peter Taylor, said the closure was “incredibly sad news for our town” and the council was preparing to support those affected.
The Welwyn Garden City store does remain open though.
This high street shop is also one which has collapsed during lockdown with it being bought by Boohoo.
The shops will permanently close meaning those in Hertford, Stevenage, Waltham Cross and Letchworth will no longer be open.
Like Dorothy Perkins, Wallis stores will be shut for good after Boohoo purchased the brand.
It was bought after Arcadia Group fell into administration, putting thousands of jobs at risk.
This means the stores in Borehamwood and Hemel Hempstead will no longer be open for selling.
Burton was another big name purchased by Boohoo.
As a result of this deal, the stores will be closed and the stock inside will be sold online by Boohoo.
All the Burton stores in Hertfordshire will no longer be open.
T.M.Lewin suffered during lockdown and all branches have closed as a result.
Stores in St Albans and Watford are now shut and have been for some time.
The only Cath Kidston store in Hertfordshire was in St Albans which is now closed after a tough time during the pandemic.