Didcot and Banbury Body Shop stores set for closure

The Oxfordshire shops are included in the list of 75 stores across the country within the next six weeks with 489 job losses, administrators have said.

Administrators from FRP Advisory said the latest closures will take place over the next four to six weeks as part of a heavy restructuring aimed at preserving the brand.

The Didcot and Banbury stores are listed for closure, with the Oxford Westgate store set to remain open.

The Body Shop has officially entered administration on February 13.

Last week, the retailer shut seven shops in its first phase of restructuring after confirming plans to close nearly half of its then-198 UK outlets.

The latest announcement will leave the retail firm with 116 stores across the UK.

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Tony Wright, joint administrator, said: “In taking swift action to right-size The Body Shop UK store portfolio, we have stabilised the business and are providing the best opportunity for this iconic brand to have a long-term, sustainable future.

“The UK business continues to trade in administration, and we remain fully focused on exploring all options to take the business forward.”

As a result of the store closures, 489 staff will be made redundant over the next four to six weeks as individual stores are closed.

The Joint Administrators will support all impacted staff with claims to the Redundancy Payments Service.

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