Grace Whelan is a news reporter at Drapers, specialising in menswear and property across the magazine and website. She joined the team in 2018 after graduating from City, University of London with an MA in magazine journalism. Personal industry interests include the developing role of tech in retail and British manufacturing.
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Ikea's high street flat-pack solutionSubscription
Drapers examines what Ikea’s shopping centre purchase could mean for Hammersmith and UK high streets.
British menswear brand Lyle & Scott is to open six new international franchise stores and a further UK store by the end of this year.
More Arcadia stores to close Subscription
Arcadia Group is to close 10 further stores across the UK in the coming three months.
Amazon opens new Manchester officeSubscription
Amazon has today opened its new corporate office in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to house more than 600 employees.
Boux Avenue seeks to slash rentsSubscription
Lingerie retailer Boux Avenue is in talks with landlords to renegotiate rents across its 30-store portfolio as part of its ongoing business review.
M&S poaches another Arcadia directorSubscription
Topshop trading director Helen Wilson is to join Marks & Spencer as head of merchandising for womenswear following her departure from the Arcadia Group.
Totême appoints CEOSubscription
Swedish fashion brand Totême has appointed McKinsey & Company’s Johanna Andersson as its new chief executive.
Primark remains positive despite its “marginal decline” in like-for-like UK sales over the all-important Christmas trading period, John Bason, chief financial officer at the retailer’s owner, Associated British Foods, has told Drapers.
Frasers Group closes further Jack Wills storesSubscription
Frasers Group has announced the closure of a further six Jack Wills stores, after its acquisition of the lifestyle brand last August.
Forever Sewing launches with NextSubscription
Personalised loungewear company Forever Sewing is now available via Next’s ecommerce site.