British fashion label Topshop will close its 14,000sqft flagship in Hong Kong when the lease comes up for renewal in October, the latest in a string of mid-level international retailers to exit the territory.
And watch brand Swatch has shuttered its prime Central store, which now has a writ apparently seeking unpaid rent taped to its doors.
In partnership with Lane Crawford, Topshop launched in Hong Kong in 2013, the opening of its Central flagship on the corner of Queens Rd and Pottinger St drawing huge queues. At the time, the company said it was the first step of an expansion program into Mainland China.
The brand opened a further two stores – in Admiralty and Causeway Bay – but these were short lived as despite early excitement from consumers, the brand’s local popularity waned.
When the flagship store was opened, Topshop reportedly paid about US$384,000 a month in rent, but when it renewed the lease in 2017, it negotiated a rate half that.
Topshop will continue to sell online in Hong Kong, despite not retaining a physical store presence.
Swatch switches off
Meanwhile, Swatch Group has closed its high-profile store in the heart of Central, apparently owing the landlord overdue rent.
A writ has been posted to the front of the shuttered door filed by Vember Lord Ltd and served six days ago.
The brand’s website shows it still has 12 stores trading across Hong Kong.