British retail magnate Philip Green’s Arcadia, which is the owner of Topshop and many other British style brands, said it was focusing on a number of contingency options to obtain its future after suffering large losses during the CCP virus pandemic.

“We are aware of the latest media speculation surrounding the ongoing future of Arcadia, ” the company mentioned in response to UK media reviews that it is on the brink associated with collapse and 13, 500 jobs are at risk.

Philip Green Topshop

Philip Green Topshop

CEO Philip Green of Britain’s store clothing store Topshop techniques before opening the chain’s New York flagship store, upon Nov. 5, 2014. (Brendan McDermid/File Photo/Reuters)

“The forced closure of our shops for sustained periods due to the COVID-19 outbreak has had a material effect on trading across our companies. As a result, the Arcadia planks have been working on a number of backup options to secure the future of the particular Group’s brands, ” this said in a statement e-mailed to The Epoch Times.

The firm stated its brands continue to industry and its stores will be starting again in England and the Republic of Ireland as soon as the government’s COVID-19 restrictions are raised next week.

Philip Green, 68, has had an exceptional career and was as soon as known as the “king of the high-street. ”

Arcadia, which Green purchased with regard to £850 million in 2002, is a major force at the British high street. In addition to Topshop, it owns Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Miss Selfridge, Evans, and Burton brand names, trading from over five hundred stores.

Yet Arcadia’s brands, like some other high street businesses, have experienced heavy losses from the lockdown measures adopted with the government to stem the particular spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus .

Other major store businesses, such as Debenhams, Oasis, Warehouse, Laura Ashley, Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, Peacocks, and Jaeger have already dropped into insolvency.

Non-essential shops were purchased to close in England because the government imposed a second nationwide lockdown earlier this 30 days. The lockdown is set to finish on December. 2, but different areas will still be subject to varying degrees of local restrictions.

Shops in the other parts from the UK— Scotland, Wales, plus Northern Ireland—have also been impacted by regional restrictions adopted by way of a respective local authorities.

The lockdown measures possess hit business confidence. A single in seven businesses in the united kingdom have no or low self-confidence that they will survive the next 3 months, according to the latest official survey information released by Office for National Stats earlier this month.

Lily Zhou and Reuters contributed for this report.