Deathwatch: Johnsons to be taken to the cleaners

6 January 2015

johnsons cleaners Johnson's Cleaners are looking shaky on their feet. The UK's biggest dry-cleaning chain are going to be closing over a third of their stores, which puts 400 jobs in jeopardy.

The group is looking to move away from the High Street in a traditional sense, looking instead at having collection and delivery points inside supermarkets.

A Johnson Service spokesman said: "We are commencing a consultation exercise with affected employees and anticipate that branches will close during the first half of the year. The remaining 198 better-performing premium branches are in more convenient locations with an infrastructure capable of receiving dry cleaning from various collection and delivery points."

So what's behind all these job losses?

Well, there's that phrase again, which has been used greatly over the past couple of years - Johnson's Service blamed the closures on a 'difficult high street environment'. This is all part of a £6.5million restructuring for the company, who already closed 100 branches in 2012.

With Bank going into administration yesterday, the High Street doesn't look like it is going to stop shrinking. Once upon a time, you could rely on Tesco buying old shops up, but even they're having a nightmare.

 

TOPICS:   High Street News

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