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75 more Body Shop stores set for closure including Wolverhampton and Telford

The Body Shop is to shut another 75 UK stores – including those in Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, and Telford Town Centre – within the next six weeks, with the loss of 489 jobs.

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The Body Shop in Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, is to close

The high street skincare and cosmetics chain tumbled into administration earlier this month.

Administrators from FRP Advisory said the latest closures will take place over the next four to six weeks as part of a heavy restructuring aimed at preserving the brand.

The list also includes two in Staffordshire – the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford and Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield.

Last week, the retailer shut seven shops in its first phase of restructuring after confirming plans to close nearly half of its then-198 UK outlets.

The latest announcement will leave the retail firm with 116 stores across the UK.

Tony Wright, joint administrator, said: "In taking swift action to right-size The Body Shop UK store portfolio, we have stabilised the business and are providing the best opportunity for this iconic brand to have a long-term, sustainable future.

"The UK business continues to trade in administration, and we remain fully focused on exploring all options to take the business forward."