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Outdoor retailer to call in the administrators

The owner of camping and hiking specialist retailer Go Outdoors is set to call in administrators as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pile pressure on the high street.

JD Sports, which owns the chain which has a large store in Gloucester, said it had looked into options for Go Outdoors and that administration seemed to be the way forward, as reported by the BBC.

Go Outdoors employs about 2,400 staff across its 67 stores, which has been owned by JD Sports since 2016. The chain was already struggling before forced closure under lockdown hit it harder.

The Gloucester store is based in the former B&Q unit in Barton, which had been empty for many years. Closure of the store would be bad news for the area.

Punchline said: "It meant a lot to Barton to have Go Outdoors open a store in the area. It is a great store which serves not just Gloucester, but much of the county. It will be a sad day for Barton and the city if it has to close."

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