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Town centre store confirms closure after months of speculation

PUBLISHED: 08:27 05 June 2020 | UPDATED: 17:58 05 June 2020

London Road North, in Lowestoft, on June 3, 2020. PHOTO: Reece Hanson

London Road North, in Lowestoft, on June 3, 2020. PHOTO: Reece Hanson

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A town’s Burton store is to become the latest to leave the high street after months of speculation.

Burton, in London Road North, Lowestoft. PHOTO: Reece HansonBurton, in London Road North, Lowestoft. PHOTO: Reece Hanson

The Lowestoft branch of the menswear store is to close after the expiry of the store’s lease.

Rumours have persisted about the future of the store in the town for more than a year, with the company previously denying the claims when approached by this newspaper.

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However, the company have now confirmed the store will close upon the expiry of the lease on their London Road North store, vowing to endeavour to find alternative employment within the Burton’s parent company, the Arcadia group, for members of staff.

A sign in the Burton store window on London Road North, Lowestoft. PHOTO: Reece HansonA sign in the Burton store window on London Road North, Lowestoft. PHOTO: Reece Hanson

The company have not, however, confirmed a date for the closure, and it is not yet known whether the store will reopen with other retail units as part of the latest round of lockdown restrictions easing on June 15.

A sign in the window of the store says: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and communities is our top priority.

“To do our part in slowing the spread of Covid-19, we have temporarily closed this store until further notice.

“We look forward to seeing you again soon. Stay safe.”


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