In the latest blow to Swindon’s town centre, the Regent Circus Gourmet Burger Kitchen is set to close after three years of trading.
The Swindon restaurant is one of 17 branches of the high-end burger chain to be axed by parent company Famous Brands which has opted to enter a company voluntary agreement in the wake of falling sales.
Announcing the cuts, a spokesman for the company blamed the lack of business on pricing and menus that were ‘London-centric’ and poor brand recognition.
Further high-street uncertainty was fuelled by the announcement that Marks and Spencer plans to close more stores around the country in the wake of a 2.9 per cent drop in clothing sales and 1.1 drop in home sales. The long-established retailer, which has a branch in Swindon, is an important barometer for the town centre economy. Although the Swindon store is not among 35 M&S branches to be axed in the last two years, plans to close a further 65 stores nationally by 2020 mean that staff face a period of uncertainty.