The Body Shop is set to close a further 75 UK stores in the next four to six weeks according to administrators with two sites in South Wales among them.

This latest round of closures is set to result in the loss of 489 jobs.

Administrators from FRP Advisory said the latest closures will take place over the next four to six weeks as part of a heavy restructuring aimed at preserving the brand.

Joint administrator Tony Wright said: "In taking swift action to right-size The Body Shop UK store portfolio, we have stabilised the business and are providing the best opportunity for this iconic brand to have a long-term, sustainable future.

“The UK business continues to trade in administration, and we remain fully focused on exploring all options to take the business forward.”

South Wales Guardian: The Body Shop has already closed seven stores in recent weeks.The Body Shop has already closed seven stores in recent weeks. (Image: PA)

This latest announcement comes after The Body Shop revealed earlier this month (February) it had fallen into administration putting more than 2,000 jobs at risk across 200 shops.

The Body Shop stores in South Wales among new round of closures

Last Tuesday (February 20), the retailer shut seven shops in its first phase of restructuring after confirming plans to close nearly half of its 198 UK outlets.

The seven Body Shop stores that closed on February 20 included four sites in London and one in Bristol.

The new round of closures announced on Thursday (February 29) contained the names of two Body Shop stores in South Wales.

The Body Shop stores in Carmarthen and Swansea will be among those closing in the next four to six weeks, according to administrators.

The full list of Body Shop store closures can be seen here.

It is reported 116 Body Shop sites are set to remain open in the UK.


The chain's remaining shops will continue to trade through stores and online during the administration process.

The retailer was founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick and her husband Gordon as one of the first companies to promote so-called ethical consumerism, focusing on ethically produced cosmetics and skincare products.

The recent administration announcement comes only weeks after new owners, European private equity firm Aurelius, took control of the business.