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Mike Ashley calls for government to save the high street

Mike Ashley will demand the government does more to help struggling high streets when he attends a select committee on 3 December.

Ashley will speak at the housing, communities and local government committee hearing next month for its inquiry into “high streets and town centres in 2030”.

Ashley said: “Since we acquired House of Fraser, we’ve been working around the clock to save as many stores and jobs as possible. I believe politicians and landlords should be doing more to save our struggling high streets, so I intend to make the most of this opportunity to make a real difference.”

A spokesman for Sports Direct added: “The MPs originally wanted somebody from House of Fraser to speak for about 15 minutes as part of a panel of four and said they didn’t mind who it was. Mike thought that wouldn’t achieve anything, so instead he demanded to go along in person for a full hour.”

Sports Direct bought House of Fraser in August for £90m. Since the deal Sports Direct has saved more than 20 HoF stores while at least 13 are set for closure.

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  • darren hoggett

    “High streets and town centres in 2030” will have likely to have little in the way of clothing retail, as the Generation Z continue to use the internet of which they were born into. City Centres will become primarily areas of leisure, combined with residential housing and multimedia centres.

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