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Dunnes Stores shuts all Scottish stores over fears of cost of EU exit

Closures: Margaret Heffernan
Closures: Margaret Heffernan

BY Samantha McCaughren

Irish retailer Dunnes Stores has effectively exited the market in Great Britain, closing all its Scottish shops over four months.

And in England, it closed its second-last remaining shop on Saturday. The group, led by Margaret Heffernan, continues to operate 16 shops in Northern Ireland. But it has closed several in recent years, including stores in Bangor and Portadown

Less than three years ago, Dunnes had five stores in Scotland and six in the North of England.

There were reports that the company was considering scaling up the business by adding 40 stores.

However, over the past few months all five of the Scottish shops have closed. Late last year, branches closed in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow and Clydebank, while branches in The Forge Shopping Centre in Parkhead, Glasgow; Cumbernauld; and Glenrothes, Fife closed in recent weeks.

According to reports in the local press the reason allegedly given to staff was that the group was "pulling out of the UK market with Brexit future costs being seen as the main contributor to their decision".

In England, one of two remaining stores put up a notice to say that it would cease trading on St Patrick's Day.

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The shop in Heywood, based in the Times Retail Park, sold food, clothing and homewares.

Local media reports said that Dunnes was "believed to be pulling all stores in England and Scotland."

On Dunnes' own website, the Heywood shop was removed from its list of stores, leaving a shop in Northampton as its last remaining store in England.

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