Aberdeen store future unclear as Body Shop closes almost half its stores


THE Body Shop has announced it is closing nearly half of its 198 UK stores and cutting 40% of roles at HQ after entering administration last week.

The retailer currently has a presence in Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Centre but the future of the store remains unclear after “years of unprofitability” across the brand.

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As well more than a thousand in-store and HQ roles being lost across the country, the company is also ending its ambassador programme, where people sell Body Shop items for a commission.

Seven stores were shut immediately on Tuesday – four in London and three others across England – but no timeline for any sackings or additional closures has been given.

The Body Shop say going forward there will be a “renewed focus” on products, online sales and wholesale.

Administrators FRP said last week: “The Body Shop remains guided by its ambition to be a modern, dynamic beauty brand, relevant to customers and able to compete for the long term. Creating a more nimble and financially stable UK business is an important step in achieving this.

“The Body Shop has faced an extended period of financial challenges under past owners, coinciding with a difficult trading environment for the wider retail sector.”

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