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Selfridges and Primark magnate W. Galen Weston dies

Selfridges and Primark magnate W. Galen Weston dies

​W. Galen Weston, patriarch of one of Canada’s wealthiest families and retail titan, has died at age 80, according to a statement by the family on Tuesday.
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Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Business digitisation specialist Trax raises $640 million

Singapore-based specialist in the digitisation of retail brands, Trax has announced that it has raised funds totalling €539 million ($640 million) which it will use to develop its services for retailers.
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Shoppers in England and Wales flock to physical stores on reopening day

Shoppers in England and Wales flock to physical stores on reopening day

They’re back! Shoppers were out in full force up and down the high streets and shopping centres of England and Wales for the grand reopening of non-essential retail on Monday (12 April).
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John Lewis launches more affordable Anyday brand

John Lewis launches more affordable Anyday brand

​John Lewis launched a new in-house range of 2,400 products on Monday. Called Anyday, for now it takes in homeware, technology, baby care and baby clothing. 
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Many Britons to stick to lockdown spending habits - survey

Many Britons to stick to lockdown spending habits - survey

​News to dampen non-essential retail reopening day enthusiasm. Don’t expect those who’ve saved money over the past year to hit the spend, spend, spend button.
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Next targets fashion shoppers with gardening goods in Homebase link-up

Next targets fashion shoppers with gardening goods in Homebase link-up

Next is on the next phase of its bid to become the complete lifestyle retailer. The UK fashion and homewares giant has announced a tie-up that sees DIY chain Homebase adding mini garden centres to its stores.
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Hammerson prepares to sell UK retail parks portfolio to Canada’s Brookfield

Hammerson prepares to sell UK retail parks portfolio to Canada’s Brookfield

Hammerson is selling its UK retail parks to Canadian private equity firm Brookfield for around £350 million, according to one report. However, on Monday, Hammerson said any deal is far from being sealed. 
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McArthurGlen opens Designer Outlet West Midlands

McArthurGlen opens Designer Outlet West Midlands

​April 12 sees the opening of McArthurGlen’s latest outlet centre with the debut of the £160m Designer Outlet West Midlands. The company said it’s the only standalone shopping centre to open in the UK this year.
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Brief return: Debenhams stores to reopen… for closing-down sale

Brief return: Debenhams stores to reopen… for closing-down sale

Debenhams hasn’t disappeared from the high streets quite yet. Many of the almost-100 department stores still in existence will reopen for up to 33 days from 12 April, offering deep discounts to clear stock.
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Game-changing new Frasers store set for for Monday debut

Game-changing new Frasers store set for for Monday debut

​As shops in England return on Monday, Frasers Group will open a milestone development. It’s the first brand-new Frasers store in the UK with a debut in Wolverhampton. 
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Students to lead rush back to shops next week, fitting rooms are key - report

Students to lead rush back to shops next week, fitting rooms are key - report

​Young consumers could be among those to most enthusiastically embrace a return to physical shopping next week, despite this consumer group also being the most comfortable with shopping online. 
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March footfall bodes well for stores' comeback - Springboard

March footfall bodes well for stores' comeback - Springboard

Pent-up demand to shop in a real store is simmering nicely and provides optimism for a bounceback from 12 April’s reopening. That’s the less-than-surprising view from the Springboard Footfall Monitor, released Thursday.
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Retailers say no thanks to Covid status certificates

Retailers say no thanks to Covid status certificates

​UK retailers seem to be unenthusiastic about the British government’s idea of Covid status certificates to allow people to enter certain locations. 
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Adrenaline-seekers welcome: Bluewater adds to experiences with England’s biggest zip wire

Adrenaline-seekers welcome: Bluewater adds to experiences with England’s biggest zip wire

​The Bluewater mall in Kent is upping its ‘another reason to visit’ appeal, preparing to offer consumers a host of new outdoor attractions, including England’s “longest and fastest” zip wire.
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Joules appoints York as CFO ahead of September start

Joules appoints York as CFO ahead of September start

Joules has ended its search for a new chief financial officer, appointing Caroline York to the post. She joins the family lifestyle retailer no later than September from price comparison business Moneysupermarket Group.
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H&M Home x Diane von Furstenberg prepares to launch next week

H&M Home x Diane von Furstenberg prepares to launch next week

​The H&M Home x Diane von Furstenberg collection launches next week featuring the “bold prints that von Furstenberg is renowned for, such as zebra and leopard, a kissable lip pattern and abstract signature lettering”.
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