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Wellgosh confirms store closures following JD acquisition

Tom Shearsmith
01 March 2023

Menswear retailer Wellgosh has confirmed that it is permanently closing its Leicester flagship location, ecommerce site and other retail locations, shutting the doors on over 35 years of business history.

The retailer confirmed the news on social media, announcing the closure of its operations in Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham.

The message published reads: "It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the closing down of Wellgosh. For over 35 years, Leicester has been the beating heart of our brand and we are grateful to our store teams and the dedicated community that we have created. Our website and stores will close shortly."

On 5 January 2021, JD Sports acquired Wellgosh for an undisclosed sum. Peter Turner founded the Leicester-based business over 35 years ago in a small store in Leicester’s Silver Arcade. The company expanded and relocated to larger premises in 1998.

According to information listed on Companies House, the retail group first became involved in the business in September 2020, with the appointment of former JD Sports CEO Peter Cowgill as a director.

Wellgosh opened its most recent UK store in Birmingham in July 2022. The 3,500 sq ft store was the retailer’s largest, having added a Nottingham store in October 2021.

Leicestershire Live reports that the Leicester location is to be converted into a Size? store. JD Sports has not confirmed its plans for the retail unit.

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