A plethora of supermarkets, clothing retailers and homeware brands have announced store closures this month in a huge blow to the British high street.

The latest figures from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) found that several factors are to blame for the current retail “crisis”.

CRR, which has been monitoring retail trends for more than 25 years, found that 10,500 shops shut their doors in 2023 which equated to nearly 120,000 jobs.

Most of last year’s closures and job losses were due to company restructuring and cost-cutting measures rather than the businesses themselves failing, according to the CRR.

This weekend, six retailers will be closing stores on British high streets. Here’s a list of all the stores closing this weekend:


An HMV store in Boston, Lincolnshire will be closing for good on January 27. The store, which is located in the Pescod Square Shopping Centre, is closing due to “shifting consumer behaviours”.

A spokesman for HMV previously said: “It is with considerable regret that we have decided to close our Boston shop.

“Shifting consumer behaviours in the town and a lack of investment in its retail district has meant that it is no longer a sustainable location for us.

“We have been in contact with all store staff and are looking to offer them new roles elsewhere in the business where that is possible. We’d also like to thank all our customers over the years for their patronage.”


Tesco will be closing its Armthorpe store on Mill Street in Doncaster permanently today (January 27).

However, shoppers will be able to shop at the Wheatley Hills Express branch, and the Mill Street location will become a One Stop, which is also owned by the Tesco Group.

A One Stop spokesperson said: “We’re excited to be opening our Mill Street, Armthorpe store on Thursday, February 22.”


Major supermarket Co-op will be closing its Ipswich store for good on January 27.

The store, which is located in the Rosehill retail centre, has a notice on the door making customers aware of the closure and states that staff will be offered jobs at other branches.

Phase Eight

Fashion retailer Phase Eight is closing its Salisbury branch on January 27.

A store on the window read: “This store is now a clearance store. We will be closing on January 27, 2024.”


Trespass, which is known for selling camping gear, walking boots and skiwear, will be closing its store in Blackburn, East Lancashire tomorrow (January 28).

The branch, which is located in the Mall Blackburn, put up signs last year informing customers of the upcoming closure.


A Boots pharmacy in Staple Hill, Bristol will be closing on January 27. Customers have been directed to another branch at Kings Chase Shopping Centre in Kingswood instead.

Full list of store closures this weekend:

  • HMV – Boston – closing January 27
  • Boots – Bristol – closing January 27
  • Tesco – Doncaster – closing January 27
  • Co-op – Ipswich closing January 27
  • Phase Eight – Salisbury – closing January 27
  • Trespass – Blackburn – closing January 28