Full list of stores that have disappeared forever in 2021

Christmas shopping this year has a different feel as many of the British public’s favorite and beloved brands have disappeared from the streets.

Here are all the stores that have disappeared forever in 2021.

More than 8,700 chain stores disappeared from UK retail locations in the first six months of 2021


More than 8,700 chain stores disappeared from UK retail locations in the first six months of 2021Credit: AFP

The pandemic and the shift to online shopping have put pressure on the already struggling high-street retail sector.

Street brands are already struggling to compete with more user-friendly online shopping options, which are also often cheaper.

Lockdowns and social distancing restrictions have also made it harder for street retailers to survive this year as customer volumes suffer, which affects their bottom lines.

Famous names have had to reduce the number of stores or even close completely.

Sadly this has caused job losses and gaps in the high street.

More than 8,700 chain stores disappeared from UK retail locations in the first six months of 2021, according to PwC research compiled by Local Data Company.

Many iconic brands have disappeared after the fall of Philip Green’s Arcadia retail empire at the end of last year.

Here are the stores that have shrunk back or disappeared from the high street forever in 2021.

Amanda Wakeley

Fashion designer Amanda Wakeley’s retail brand goes into administration in May 2021, citing the impact of the pandemic.

The fashion house became famous after the grandmother’s clothes were worn by Princess Diana and former Prime Minister Theresa May.

Its flagship Mayfair store has closed but it continues to do business online.

Dawson Music

Dawsons Music is one of the UK’s oldest musical instrument shops.

It has been around since 1898 but fell into administration this year despite being relaunched in 2020.

Five of its stores have closed, leaving just one in Chester.


The 241-year-old retailer started management last year but the effort to save its stores has not until 2021.

It was liquidated in December after JDSports withdraw from the rescue negotiations.

Boohoo eventually bought the Debenhams name and website in a £55m deal in March 2021 – but not its 124 stores.

As a result, about 12,000 jobs were also lost.

Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton

Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton were three of the main victims of the Arcadia collapse.

Online retailer Boohoo joined in April 2021 and bought all three brands and websites as part of 25.3 million pounds.

However, Boohoo did not buy back the physical stores, which means that 214 stores have closed permanently.

Expressway to close in 2020

Here’s a roundup of some of the big names on the highway that have been through the last year:

  • Philip Green’s Arcadia Retail Empire Collapses fall in november, putting 13,000 jobs and 444 stores at risk
  • Department store chain Beales went into administration in January with 23 stores and 1,052 jobs at risk
  • High-end fashion brand Ted Baker said it plans to cut 160 jobs in February
  • Brighthouse and Carluccio’s go into administration at the end of March
  • Mobile phone retailer Phone store said in March that it would close all 531 independent stores by April
  • Debenhams began administration for the second time in 12 months in April, and has since announced the closure of several stores
  • Shoe shop struggles Office self-sold in April 2020
  • Oasis and warehouse closed April 2020 with the loss of 1,800 jobs
  • Cath Kidston close all 60 stores in April 2020 with 900 jobs lost
  • Clarks said in May 2020 that it would take 900 roles as the closed streets loom
  • Shoelace Aldo collapsed into management in June 2020 with five stores permanently closed
  • Victoria’s Secret commencing management in June 2020, putting 800 jobs at risk
  • Fashion series Quiz launched its boutique business in June 2020, putting 82 stores at risk

John Lewis store is closed

Some John Lewis stores remained closed after lockdown restrictions were lifted earlier this year.

The retailer first warned that some of its 42 stores won’t reopen after lockdown following a £517m loss last year – the first in the group’s history dating back to 1864.

In March 2021, the partnership was then announced closing eight John Lewis stores, putting 1,456 roles at risk.


High-fashion brand Jaeger disappears from the streets in 2021.

It was taken over by Marks and Spencer in January 2021 but its 63 UK stores have closed permanently.


Camera retailer owned by Peter Jones called in admin in March 2021 after being hit hard by the coronavirus restrictions.

It fell into administration in 2019 as it survived by halving its stores.

A voluntary company agreement to restructure the business was agreed in August 2021.

It currently has 17 stores.

Marks and Spencer store closed

Marks and Spencer is in the process of closing and merging stores with the goal of closing more than 100 stores by 2022.

It announced the plan close 30 stores in May.

The number covers the 59 clothing and food stores the retailer has closed, plus 15 food-only locations and eight stores.

Purchase paper

Stationery chain Purchase paper closed 47 stores this year after shutting down in early 2021.

It previously had 127 independent and 46 franchised stores across the UK.


The Peacocks fell into administration in November 2021, putting 423 stores and thousands of their jobs at risk.

However, it was rescued by a group of international investors in April 2021, supported by the CEO of Edinburgh Woolen Mill.

About half of its stores have reopened but the rest have closed permanently.

Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge

These brands are the jewel in the crown of the Arcadia retail empire and a symbol of the busy shopping center on Oxford Street.

But their doors were closed forever this year after Arcadia came to power in November 2021 and subsequent rescue plans fell through.

ASOS purchased Topshop, along with Topman and Miss Selfridge in April 2021 as part of £330m deal to save brands.

But ASOS didn’t buy hundreds of physical stores as part of the deal.

You can still shop online at Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge on ASOS website.

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