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Exclusive: Ann Harvey ‘under review’ as concessions are axed

Jacques Vert is closing all of its Ann Harvey concessions by next spring, throwing the plus-size womenswear retailer’s future into doubt.

Host retailers have been informed of the plans, which Drapers understands have come as a result of a strategic review of Jacques Vert’s 11-fascia portfolio.

It was initially thought that Ann Harvey would be retained in some form, although this is also no longer clear. 

A spokesman denied any decisions had been taken but said a review of the retailer was underway.

It is not clear how many Ann Harvey concessions there are but it has outlets in Debenhams and Bhs, as well as a number of indie department stores including Browns of York.

The review comes less than a year after Jacques Vert changed its strategy to focus on concessions and ecommerce  – it closed almost a third of its standalone stores, including 35 Ann Harvey stores.

Last week, group chief executive Paul Allen stepped down from Jacques Vert. It is understood the company, which is owned by private equity group Sun European, is in “advanced stages” of recruiting a replacement.

Meanwhile, casualwear fascia Lazy Lu has been axed. It has been merged into the Kaliko Casual fascia.

Pulling out: plus-size retailer has concessions in stores including Debenhams and BHS

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  • Perhaps all their plus size staff can apply for jobs at SimplyBe?

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