The structure of Kent's main streets is changing more than ever, and major retailers are being surprised by the Internet.

City centers and main roads have always been a signal of how well an area is filled with how many retail units.

High rents, no rental relief and corporate rates are all factors that have helped some companies talk about one day.

But it is the habits of shoppers who have a snowball effect on companies whose numbers of visitors are falling from year to year.

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Instead of seeing the product on the shelf, people are reaching for their phones and tablets and buying products at a sometimes cheaper price.

Independent traders, in particular, are struggling with these things, and their pockets are usually not as deep as the national chains that make up many shopping complexes.

We looked closely at which brands have closed or will leave in the near future.


Debenhams departure could trigger the regeneration of the city center for Folkestone

The loss of Debenhams hit Kent hard in April. Four of the giant stores are expected to close early next year.

The department stores were restructured and closed 22 stores nationwide. Around 1,200 employees are not sure what their future will look like.

Chatham, Ashford, Canterbury and Folkestone will probably lose theirs.

Folkestone and the district council of Hythe have announced plans to replace Debenhams with a cinema – the proposal is due to be consulted before the end of the year.

Debenhams will close these four stores after Christmas.

Thomas Cook

The collapse of the Thomas Cook brand has resulted in scores of Kent stores being shut down immediately.

The holidays had to be canceled and the employees lost their jobs overnight.

Bosses, shareholders and creditors met on September 22 to rescue the brand.

A sum of £ 200 million was needed to sustain the deal, but in the early morning hours of the next morning, Thomas Cook filed for bankruptcy.

The tour operator, who has been in business for 178 years, closed his website, canceled his vacation and landed his last flight later that day.

Kent's travel agency outlets have closed since then.

The competitor Hays Travel has now hired 421 former employees of Thomas Cook and offered more employees of the airline a job.

The move could save up to 2,500 jobs.

Up to 555 of the former Thomas Cook stores were purchased.


Budget fashion retailer Peacocks announced a nationwide closing sale in December of last year.

The sale was carried out under the reservation of the lessor.

In April, the Folkestone branch was closed at Bouverie Place, endangering 13 employees.

It was not the first time that the brand got into trouble as they were rescued from closure in 2012 when Edinburgh Woolen Mill bought the company.

However, after the acquisition this year, a total of 224 stores closed and more than 3,000 jobs were lost.

The former unit of Peacocks in Folkestone will now be replaced by a JD Sports shop, which will open next weekend.


Boots is a favorite in many Kent main roads

In June, it was announced that hundreds of Boots outlets could be closed as part of a major restructuring.

Two hundred stores are under threat of extinction in the next two years as the American owner Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is reviewed.

According to Sky News, corporate sources still need to make decisions about the stores they are looking at, but it is likely that a significant number of stores will shut down.

This means that it is not yet clear if there is a risk for Kent business.

The WBA announced in April that it is conducting a review of its "Boots The Chemist" estate, "focusing on low-performing and consolidation opportunities," although it refuses to indicate the number for which it is considering closure draws.

A loss of 200 stores would be another blow to the UK's strained main roads – and would account for nearly 10% of the chain's independent UK health and beauty businesses.

Coast & Karen Millen

The premium fashion brand Coast has been in a difficult time this August. The online retailer boohoo has bought the online divisions after a short introduction to the administration.

This is money reported Boohoo snapped up both online companies for £ 18.2 million in a pre-pack deal.

However, Karen Millen and Coast's 32 shops and 177 licenses remain in the hands of the administrators, leaving around 1,100 employees in the dark.

Kent has a Coast Store on Maidstone's Fremlin Walk and Bluewater Shopping Center.

Chiquito and Frankie & Benny's

Frankie and Benny
Frankie and Benny

Restaurants Frankie & Benny & Chiquito across Kent are in danger of being closed due to financial difficulties.

It was reported last month that they belong to The Restaurant Group, which recently acquired Wagamama.

The company posted a loss before income taxes of £ 87.7m for the six months ended June 30, following a gain of £ 12.2m last year, as our sister site Wales Online reported.

The company intends to close a number of locations to stabilize its long-term future after suffering significant losses. Nationwide, more than one hundred locations are at risk.

The company has identified 42 locations that it plans to divest, in addition to 76 Frankie & Benny locations planned in March this year.

It is unclear which sites are planned for closure, but the group announced that leases could expire in the next few years in "unattractive" current locations.

Frankie & Benny's have restaurants in Westwood Cross in Thanet, Eureka Park in Ashford, Lockmeadow Leisure Park in Maidstone, the Hempstead Valley Shopping Center in Gillingham, the Medway Valley Leisure Park in Rochester and Knight & # 39; s Park in Tunbridge Wells.

There are also three Chiquito restaurants in Westwood Cross County, Eureka Park and Cuxton Road, Strood.

A spokesperson for The Restaurant Group said the company expects to leave at least 50% of its 352 "leisure locations" when they reach their next exit date.

He said about 88 sites would close in the next six years, with another 88 locations closing with longer remaining leases after that date.

William Hill

William Hill in Stanhope

Bookmaker William Hill will close 700 stores across the UK following a change in gambling laws in July.

More than 40 sites in Kent, including Canterbury, Maidstone and Ashford, face closure.

"William Hill has initiated a consultation process with retailers about plans to close down some 700 licensed betting shops," the company said.

Store closures are expected to begin before the end of the year.

Marks and Spencer

The planned closure of M & S in Deal has many concerns about the future of the high street

Marks and Spencer closed its Ashford and Deal stores in April and May.

It resulted in the loss of 45 jobs at the Deal High Street Store, while 41 jobs were also lost at the County Square Shopping Center Store in Ashford.

However, the supermarket has announced to relocate its employees to nearby shops.

The closures are part of the M & S program to redesign the UK retail store.

More jobs in Kent could be jeopardized as Marks and Spencer announced further details of their plans to close 110 stores.

But it seems that the brand is not yet out of the woods, as 110 stores are set for a future closure.

This figure is made up of 85 clothing stores and 25 grocery stores.

It was not disclosed if other stores in Kent would be affected.

And The Mirror reported in July that the 110, which was already set for the chop, may not be enough.

CEO Steve Rowe said many of his older stores "held back" the store when he spoke to the shareholders at the company's Annual General Meeting.

That is, the 110 planned closures were not a "finite" number.

Sainsbury's and Argos

Good old Argos will be open to customers on Bank Holiday Monday

Sainsbury has announced it closed more than 100 stores last month.

70 Argos stores as well as 15 of the main Sainsbury supermarkets and 40 convenience stores such as Sainsbury & # 39; s Local are due to be canceled.

Sainsbury & # 39; s told Mirror Money that there are no more jobs due to the closure of the Argos branches and that there are already 289 Argos stores in Sainsbury's, of which about half are "shifts".

The company did not provide any information about which deals were closed, but said that Argos would move to "nearby" Sainsbury stores.

This leaves around 700 independent Argos branches. Overall, more Argos employees now work than before, added the retailer.

In terms of sales, Sainsbury's said its value brands helped increase food sales, but sales of clothing and other goods declined.

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