The sale of four Arcadia brands to ASOS on Monday was no surprise. But what was a surprise was that no mention whatsoever was made of the future of store jobs at the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT businesses.
ASOS has bought Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT and will move fast to integrate them into its set-up. It said it's an attractive opportunity and they saw fast sales growth on its platform in the latest period.
A very short statement from Boohoo Group on Friday confirmed that yes, it is interested in buying the remaining brands owned by failed Arcadia, a move that means the entire Arcadia empire going online-only.
The size of debt that forced Arcadia into administration was revealed Wednesday: £750 million. However, the group’s administrator Deloitte warned the final figure was expected to be "materially higher”.
There's a new frontrunner in the race to buy Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge with Asos being suggested as the lead contender on Saturday evening, which could mean the chances of saving any stores are slim.
The company seen as the frontrunner to win the Topshop auction surprised observers late on Thursday as it emerged Next had pulled out of bidding for the most valuable name in the Arcadia basket of brands.