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Gap to relocate some UK roles to New York following review

Gap is reviewing a number of its UK-based buying and merchandising roles and has offered some people the opportunity to relocate to its head office in New York.

In June the US retailer announced plans to axe around 250 head office roles but said these would be “primarily in North America”. However, Drapers understands the UK cuts could go deeper than first thought.

One recruitment source said roughly a third of the London-based merchandising and distribution team – thought to be around 12 out of 34 roles – have been informed their jobs are under review and are now in consultation with the company. Gap refuted this figure, but would not provide an alternative.

Another recruitment source said Gap was also reviewing some of its UK buying roles. The size of this team is not known.

Drapers understands those employees whose roles are under review have been asked to stay on until the end of November.

Gap said it does not comment on “speculation”, but a spokeswoman added: “We remain committed to bringing American style across the globe, and that includes Europe and Asia.

“The goal of the decisions being made at our headquarter offices is to ensure our teams are nimble and can create a consistent global brand experience. 

“While some positions in the London office are currently under review, many employees will remain in the London office and some will have the opportunity to relocate to our headquarter office in New York.”

In June Drapers revealed that Gap-owned retailer Banana Republic planned to shift an undisclosed number of product and supporting job roles – thought to be around 30 – from its London office to Gap’s global headquarters in San Francisco.

The consultancy period for the Banana Republic roles is expected to come to an end this Friday (July 31) after which they will work out a month’s notice, Drapers understands.

Banana Republic confirmed the plans to move some roles, but declined to provide further details.

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