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Margaret Canning

Demise of Arcadia and doubts over Debenhams' future could sound death knell for Northern Ireland high street as we know it

Margaret Canning


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We've been hearing warnings about the death of the high street for at least a decade now, since the ravages of the credit crunch killed off one-time stalwarts like Woolworths.

Now the administration of Arcadia Group and the prospect of the closure of Debenhams stores are combining into the last rites for shopping as we’ve known it.

If the worst happens, it would mean the loss of 1,700 jobs for retail workers - a toll which would hit women particularly badly as women tend to dominate in retail jobs which allow for more part-time hours.


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