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Gloucester Quays anchor store to close this weekend

Gloucester is set to bid farewell to US fashion retailer Gap, as the doors to its Gloucester Quays shop are set to shut for the final time this weekend.

Shelves are bare and fixtures up for sale, as the last remaining discounted stock is sold off in preparation of its closure in six days on Sunday, September 19.

The outlet store was an anchor tenant of the centre when it opened back in 2009 and has been a big name on the high street for many years, opening its first UK store in London in 1987.

Gap made the decision to close all of its 81 UK and Ireland stores in July 2021, but shoppers will still be able to purchase their clothing online.

Back at the time of the announcement, in a statement Gap said: "In the UK and Europe, we are going to maintain our Gap online business.

"The ecommerce business continues to grow and we want to meet our customers where they are shopping. We're becoming a digital first business and we're looking for a partner to help drive our online business."

A staff member at the Gloucester Gap outlet said: "There are 17 staff working at the Quays store, of which nine are permanent.  

"They have all found jobs elsewhere at Gloucester Quays."

This closure follows that of the Cheltenham store on the Promenade in 2019, where Punchline reported of staff being unaware that the site was being marketed to new tenants.

READ MORE: Cheltenham's Gap store is set to close with staff unaware the shop is being advertised to new tenant 

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