Iceland to lose yet another store in days after 11 were already axed


Iceland has joined a handful of other high-street names in reducing its portfolio of UK branches.

Earlier this year the budget retailer announced that five sites will close this summer, one of which has already ceased trading.

The Iceland store in Swansea City Centre, Wales, shut its doors for good on Saturday, July 29, 2023.

Customers in Fife, Scotland could lose their local site this weekend as the closures continue.

It will mark the 13th Iceland branch to shut down as a consequence of changes to “local shopping patterns” and expired shop leases.

The Iceland branch on Cowden High Street, Fife, is next to go on Saturday, August 12.

Following this, a further three branches will disappear from UK high streets, with one closing in Wales, and two in England.

These include:

  • Llanelli, Wales – closing on Saturday, September 2
  • Grange Road, Birkenhead – closing on Wednesday, September 16
  • Market Shopping Centre, Crewe – closing on Saturday, September 16

Despite the string of closures, Britons could see new Iceland stores open up near them later this year.

The company announced that as well as closing sites, such as those with expired building leases, it will replace a handful of them in 2023.

Three new stores have already joined the supermarket’s brick-and-mortar portfolio in the past two months, two of which are in England.

A new Iceland store in Kendal, Cumbria, opened in July 2023, just one month after a new branch opened on Slough High Street.

Customers in Aberdeen, Scotland, also welcomed a new site in June, though it wasn’t a traditional Iceland store. The company launched an Iceland Food Warehouse on Berryden Road, approximately 0.8 miles northwest of the centre of Aberdeen.

Executive chairman of Iceland Foods, Richard Walker, explained that the closures are a standard part of the business that “happens every year”.

He said: “Across Iceland and The Food Warehouse we have a portfolio of over UK 1,000 stores, and our retail estate has grown by nearly 200 stores over the last 10 years.

“We typically open more than 20 new stores each year, creating many new jobs and contributing to the growth of local economies. At the same time, we continually review the retail experience offered to our customers and have always made a small number of store closures every year, as local shopping patterns change and shop leases expire.”


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