New blow to High Street as retailer announces closure

Clothing chain Regatta Great Outdoors is closing its Exeter High Street store in a new blow for city centre shops.

There are ‘Closing Down Sale’ notices in the windows at the store at the top end of the High Street. Regatta is known for its outdoor clothing.

This year Exeter has seen many shops and businesses disappear. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic across businesses in Devon is leaving high streets dotted with empty shops, and once successful companies becoming another financial casualty.

The retailers the city has lost include Las Iguanas, Café Rouge, Prudence Gowns, MAC, Exeter Cookery School, The Stables, Buckerell Lodge, Jack Wills, Cath Kidston, The Real Cornish Pasty Co and Shauls Bakery.

Regatta Great Outdoors opened in the store near Boots on the High Street at the end of 2017. The chain known for it’s outdoor clothing such as jackets, fleeces, trousers and softshells currently has over 1400 employees and distributes online to more than 55 countries.

Regatta Great Outdoors is holding a closing down sale
Regatta Great Outdoors is holding a closing down sale
(Image: Alex Richards)

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Even before lockdown, retailers and the hospitality industry were struggling to stay afloat and now many are battling harder than ever to stop going under.

Exeter Picturehouse cinema also closed its doors for an indefinite period last week. The cinema is owned by Cineworld who also announced this week that they would be closing all 127 theatres along with all of their Picturehouse Cinemas.

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