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KRSC to close after 20 years

Iconic independent retailer the Kings Road Sporting Club is facing closure after 20 years of trading.

Drapers understands that suppliers had been originally told the store would close this September, but it appears this has been extended to April next year.

As a result of the original communication, the store is thought to now be facing an autumn 13 without stock. Sources told Drapers the team was “frantically” trying to make orders to cover the next few months.

It is not yet clear why the shop is closing as it is still thought to be making a profit.

It is believed the freeholders are behind the decision, but they declined to comment.

KRSC founder and chief executive Michael Conitzer also told Drapers he did want to comment “at this time”.

The premium retailer, which has been instrumental in launching brands such as Lulu Lemon, MBTs, Crocs and FitFlops, first opened its doors in 1993.

The store is considered by many as a test centre for new products, given the strong footfall and affluent demographic of the catchment area.

It counts Pippa Middleton and the Queen of Jordan among some of its regular customers.

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