Londis was the retailer that recorded the biggest drop in store numbers in the year to mid-October, according to the Local Data Company.

top 30 closures

RankFasciaLive unitsUnits in 2014Net change% change
1 Londis 1,471 1,620 -149 -9.2%
2 Murco 395 452 -57 -12.6%
3 The Co-operative Pharmacy 696 753 -57 -7.6%
4 Total Service Station 257 311 -54 -17.4%
5 Cooplands 43 83 -40 -48.2%
6 Superdrug 757 792 -35 -4.4%
7 Dorothy Perkins 275 308 -33 -10.7%
8 Stead & Simpson 5 37 -32 -86.5%
9 Homebase 253 284 -31 -10.9%
10 Cartridge World 123 146 -23 -15.8%
11 Thorntons 382 405 -23 -5.7%
12 Burton Menswear 204 226 -22 -9.7%
13 Evans 95 116 -21 -18.1%
14 Costcutter 1,208 1,229 -21 -1.7%
15 Numark Pharmacy 1,606 1,626 -20 -1.2%
16 Discount UK 7 26 -19 -73.1%
17 EE 538 557 -19 -3.4%
18 Snax 24 16 34 -18 -52.9%
19 Mamas & Papas 40 58 -18 -31.0%
20 Shell Service Station 918 936 -18 -1.9%
21 Martin’s 434 451 -17 -3.8%
22 Mace 534 551 -17 -3.1%
23 Go Mobile 57 73 -16 -21.9%
24 USC 59 75 -16 -21.3%
25 PDSA 152 168 -16 -9.5%
26 Tesco Metro 171 187 -16 -8.6%
27 Hallmark 198 214 -16 -7.5%
28 Clarks 460 475 -15 -3.2%
29 Moss 74 88 -14 -15.9%
30 Shelter 106 120 -14 -11.7%

Despite the explosion of convenience retailing, Londis has been faced with growing competition in the sector and significant food price deflation.

Former owner Musgrave launched a turnaround plan for the Londis and Budgens businesses last year, before selling it to Booker Group for £40m on September 2.

Three of Arcadia Group’s retailers – Burton menswear, Evans and Dorothy Perkins – are also in the Local Data Company’s list of the top 30 declining retailers.

Arcadia recently struck a partnership with Tesco that involves the fashion group opening shop-in-shops across five of the grocer’s larger stores.

Bank is not included in the above table, but had 84 stores last October. It collapsed into administration in January.

  • Source: Local Data Company

Methodology The numbers only take into account those stores that we have tracked across Great Britain excluding Northern Ireland. The net change in units is calculated by deducting the opened units from the closed units. We do not cover Ireland at this point in time.