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Lush Hong Kong flagship shut as tourist spend dries up

Beauty products retailer Lush Hong Kong has closed its five-story flagship store several months before its lease was due for renewal.

The high-profile store was opened in late 2015, at Soho Square in Central. At the time billed as the brand’s largest store in Asia, it featured the first Lush spa globally.

Located adjacent to the Mid-levels escalator on Lyndhurst Tce, it featured 6909sqft (642 sqm) of trading space.

The ground floor featured the brand’s signature range of handmade soaps, scrubs, shampoos and cosmetics, while the floor above housed a cafe, with the spa located on upper floors, offering customers scrubs, baths, massages and facials.

According to Land Registry records, Lush paid US$196,000 in rent for the latest year. 

Inside Retail Asia reached out to Lush for comment on the closure, but the company did not respond.

Lush’s closure extends the recent trend of mid-market brands closing stores across the territory in the wake of falling footfall due to borders being closed to tourists during the Covid-19 pandemic. Other retailers including Gap, SaSa and Swatch have been reducing their store count in the city, along with luxury brands such as Tiffany, MCM and Prada. 

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