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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Suppliers have expressed concerns about Debenhams’ long-term future as the beleaguered department store chain prepares to enter administration amid the economic pressures of the coronavirus epidemic.
Further coronavirus salary cuts at PrimarkSubscription
Primark has announced salary cuts for employees across the business, in a bid to prevent temporary layoffs or redundancies as a result of the economic impact of coronavirus.
Ted Baker furloughs 75% of workforce Subscription
Ted Baker has furloughed around 2,000 employees, including head office staff, as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Autonomy enters administrationSubscription
Womenswear clothing brand Autonomy has entered administration, and all 44 employees have been made redundant.
JD Williams cancels spring 20 ordersSubscription
N Brown Group brand JD Williams has cancelled spring 20 orders with some suppliers as the coronavirus epidemic continues to affect the retail industry.
The man with the plan for DebenhamsSubscription
Debenhams managing director of fashion and home Steven Cook is taking a regional and personalised approach to driving growth.
Asos rebuts claims over unsafe warehouseSubscription
Asos has denied claims from union GMB that its warehouse in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, is unsafe for workers under new coronavirus public health guidelines.
Despite expecting Next to ”successfully navigate” through coronavirus, credit rating agency Moody’s has placed the retailer on review for downgrade due to uncertainty over how long stores will remain closed and how quickly consumer demand will recover.
Shopping centre owner Capital & Regional has announced it has so far collected only half of its second-quarter rent from tenants as the economic impact of coronavirus continues to hit the retail sector.
Non-executive director change at New LookSubscription
New Look has appointed Stuart MacKenzie to its board as a non-executive director, following the departure of John Gnodde.