Iceland to lose two more stores today in final phase of UK closures

Earlier this year the supermarket announced that it would close three stores in September, two of which will go today.

The first closed in Llanelli, Wales on Saturday, September 2.

Shoppers in Birkenhead, England have missed their last chance to shop at their local Iceland, which has now ceased trading.

Britons who live near the Crewe branch in Cheshire have also bid farewell to their closest frozen supermarket today.

It marks the final phase of a string of closures which has seen more than a dozen sites disappear from high streets across the nation.

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While a host of other British retailers have closed sites to cut costs, the supermarket revealed that the decision was made as they had experienced changes in “local shopping patterns”.

Richard Walker, the executive chairman of Iceland Foods claimed that some shops were closed down simply because “their leases expired”.

According to the supermarket giant chairman, the string of closures that have taken place this year were part of the company’s strategy.

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The loss of the Birkenhead and Crewe sites may signal the end of a long string of shops that have closed in 2023, but more could follow in the future.

Richard Walker revealed that this is because “a small number of store closures happen every year.”

From today, 15 Iceland branches will have closed since February.

Iceland stores already closed this year:

  • Mill Lane, Bromsgrove – closed on February 25
  • Chineham Shopping Centre in Basingstoke – closed on February 25
  • White Rose Centre, Rhyl – closed on March 14
  • South Street, Newport, Isle of Wight – closed on March 25
  • St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster, Bristol – closed on March 25
  • Deiniol Centre, Bangor – closed on March 27
  • Newport, Wales – closed on April 22
  • Marygate, Berwick – closed on April 22
  • Hexham – closed on April 22
  • Flint, Wales – closed on May 27
  • Beccles, Suffolk – closed on June 17
  • St David’s Place, Swansea – closing on July 29
  • Cowden High Street, Fife – closing on August 12
  • Llanelli, Wales – closing on September 2

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