Across this period the North East had the most increase in non-chain stores with a total of 33 units opening by the end of June. Whilst the rest of the country such as Greater London saw a decline in 175 closed during that period.
Women’s clothing stores have seen the biggest decline across the country, with more than five per cent closing in the first part of this year, totalling 89 stores according to The Local Data Company and British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA).
Local Data Company director Matthew Hopkinson told Drapers: “Independents, account for 65% of outlets nationally, have gone into decline for the first time since 2012.”
Below are some of our favourite independent stores ranging from vintage fashion to high-end designer goods.
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