The Body Shop shuts down US operations, with plans to close dozens of U.K., Canada stores

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The Body Shop has ceased its U.S. operations and is closing dozens of locations successful Canada amid deepening financial struggles for nan British beauty and cosmetics chain.

The Body Shop’s U.S. limb ceased operations connected March 1, according to a institution announcement from earlier this month. And nan brand’s Canadian subsidiary commenced liquidation of 33 closing stores arsenic portion of wider restructuring proceedings.

These closings get conscionable weeks aft nan U.K.-based retailer appointed insolvency administrators set to see “all options to find a measurement forward” aft years of financial struggles.

A spokesperson for FRP, nan administrators hired by The Body Shop International, told The Associated Press Monday that they person besides announced plans to shutter 82 of 198 stores full successful nan U.K. Those closings are expected to hap complete nan adjacent 5 weeks.

FRP does not oversee The Body Shop’s U.S. aliases Canadian subsidiaries. A spokesperson for The Body Shop North America did not instantly respond Monday to requests for further information.

In its March 1 announcement, The Body Shop Canada said it had revenge for a announcement of volition pursuant to nan country’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act “to get a stay” of its parent’s management proceedings successful nan U.K. — and “provide further breathing room while it evaluates its strategical alternatives and implements definite restructuring initiatives.”

At nan time, The Body Shop Canada said its full 105 stores were still unfastened — but that nan 33 closings, and extremity of online income via Canada’s e-commerce platform, were group to get “in nan adjacent term.”

Specifics astir nan timing of closings and liquidation for U.S. locations were not instantly provided.

The Body Shop, which founded by Anita Roddick and her hubby backmost successful 1976, is often hailed arsenic an early champion of ethical practices successful business. The retailer of soaps, creams and constitution has promoted fair-trading practices and products that were not tested connected animals.

The marque became hugely celebrated successful nan 1980s, erstwhile it listed connected nan London Stock Exchange, and grew to person stores successful immoderate 80 countries, including galore operated done franchises.

In 2006, Roddick and her hubby sold The Body Shop to beauty elephantine L’Oreal. The marque later was passed connected to Brazilian cosmetics business Natura successful 2017 — and was past sold to Aurelius, a backstage equity patient that specializes successful buying and turning astir troubled companies, precocious past twelvemonth successful a woody weighted astatine $261 cardinal (207 cardinal pounds).