Upwardly mobile 20 September 2019 The founders of coffee and brunch chain Caravan are on the move, taking their business model to new Chelsea restaurant Vardo
In this week's issue... Upwardly mobile The founders of coffee and brunch chain Caravan are on the move, taking their business model to new Chelsea restaurant Vardo
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Top of the shops: how Laura Ashley went from retail to rooms

31 May 2019 by
Top of the shops: how Laura Ashley went from retail to rooms

Its high street presence may be shrinking, but Laura Ashley is expanding apace in the hospitality sector. Amanda Afiya checks out the fashion and homeware brand's move into hotels and tearooms

Declining sales, rising rents and, in some cases, increasing financial debt have taken their toll on many of our highest-profile retailers in recent years.

Department store House of Fraser fell into administration last summer in what many commentators described as the biggest high-street casualty since the collapse of BHS three years ago, and just last month Debenhams, whose origins date back to 1778, went into administration.

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