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Weekly Edition - Published  30 May 2016


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Taking Shape Australia closes Shops

BACK in 2013 the company had 130 stores in Australia and New Zealand and was launching 30 High Street shops in the UK, as sales for plus size fashion clothes ranges grew. But now they are pulling out of the UK high streets and just going online. The Australia firm who has a tagline:- "We're not afraid of colour, bold prints or getting dressed up" it appears, could not use its "little bit of Aussie attitude" to keep its high street retail going. The Lord Street, Southport retail shop was one of the firm’s shops that opened back in 2013, selling their line of plus size clothing in sizes 14-26, but it is now about to close. A statement in the window of the Southport Shop says:- "It is with great sadness, that we have made this decision to withdraw Taking Shape's retail presence in the United Kingdom. This was a business decision that was not taken lightly and over the course of coming weeks we will commence exiting from our store portfolio. Taking shape will however, still be available online to service its valued customer base in the UK and EU, via:- We are thankful to all our customers who took a little company from Australia, into their heart and their wardrobe. We have enjoyed helping you celebrate your curves for the past 2 and a half years." This pulling out of UK is seen as mostly down to the poor store trading, thanks to a growing internet savvy client based. But it is also down to the ever growing costs UK shops are being forced to pay, from huge rents and wage bills, to ridiculous demands to comply with more and more red tape. Whereas internet based firms often have less issues and costs to deal with. This again is a major blow to our high streets, not just in Southport, but throughout the UK. "I think everyone was shell shocked. This is really upsetting for all the lovely Taking Shape store staff." a member of staff who did not want to be named told us. So what are your views on this retailer specialising in ‘fuller figured fashion’ changing its business profile? Please email us to:- with your views... Also are you affected by the closure of the stores? Will our high streets become just place to meet for coffee and to eat out in? What are your views on the future of our high streets? Interestingly on 27 May 2016, the company’s website had major problems. “The unprecedented volume of traffic on our website has created some delays” a notice on Facebook read. So just how important is it to buy in a shop and is it better than buying online? We would love your views on this as well!


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