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A week on the high street

A Week On The High Street from the Local Data Company. This brings you the latest retail and leisure location news from around the United Kingdom.

  • JJB Sports collapsed into administration this week after struggling to find a buyer.  Administrators KPMG closed 133 stores, whilst 20 were sold to Sports Direct.  The 20 stores are expected to be rebranded as Sports Direct.
  • TK Maxx has announced it will open two new stores early next year in Shrewsbury and Gloucester.  The Shrewsbury store will replace the former Focus DIY in Meole Brace Retail Park and the Gloucester store will take over the former Marks & Spencer on Northgate Street.
  • Jewellery retailer Pandorawill open a new store in Redditch later this month.  The store will be located in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
  • TUI UK & Ireland is set to rebrand its superstores to Thomson…featuring First Choice.  This follows the rebranding of 111 high street branches in the last year.
  • Optical Express has announced it will be closing 40 stores.  It cited poor economic conditions on the high street.
  • Aldi has announced plans to double the number of UK stores in the next 10 years. It is aiming to open 40 stores by the end of 2013 and another 40 each year thereafter.
  • Harvey Nichols will open its first Christmas pop up shop tomorrow at Westfield Merry Hill. The store will be open every day until Christmas and will sell gifts and festive goods.
  • Sofa retailer DFS is set to open its first small store format this December. The new store will open at Springkerse Retail Park, Stirling.
  • Fashion retailer Republic has announced it will open a new store in the Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford.
  • United Carpets has appointed administrators Begbies Traynor for pre-pack administration.  There are no plans to close shops but the company is now free from commitments to landlords for its 72 shops, which if needed, it will walk away from.