Preston's FatFace store to close within weeks in latest blow to city's high street

Preston is about to lose another high street shop after FatFace confirmed plans to close its Fishergate store in the coming weeks.

By Matthew Calderbank
Thursday, 14th April 2022, 11:27 am
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2022, 4:01 pm

The British fashion retailer said staff have been informed and the store will shut around mid-May.

The company has not said why it made the decision to close its Preston store, which has put a number of jobs at risk.

But the retailer did say it is seeking ‘redeployment opportunities’ for affected staff, who are likely to be offered jobs at other branches within commuting distance.

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Preston's FatFace store in Fishergate will close in May

When the St Helens store closed in 2016, staff who can drive were offered positions at the Preston branch – a 26 mile commute.

The nearest stores to Preston are the two remaining Lancashire branches in Lytham and Clitheroe. There are also two branches in Manchester.

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A FatFace spokesman said: “Regrettably we have made the difficult decision to close our store in Preston.

"We’re focusing on supporting our store colleagues at this time and where possible, looking at redeployment opportunities.

"We’d like to thank all customers who have shopped with us for their support over the years.”

The retailer added: “Customers will still have the opportunity to purchase all their FatFace favourites online or at their closest store in Lytham St Annes.”