Thorntons to permanently close all stores putting over 600 jobs at risk

Chocolate maker Thorntons is to permanently close all of its stores across the UK.

The retailer said it will disappear from the high street.

All 61 Thorntons stores will close putting 603 jobs at risk.

Sales have surged online and the chocolate shop will continue to sell its chocolates online.

Thorntons will also continue to sell chocs through other shops where they are stocked such as supermarkets. 

Adam Goddard, retail director at Thorntons, said: “Changing dynamics of the high street, shifting customer behaviour to online, has meant we have been trading in the most challenging circumstances.

“Unfortunately, like many others, the obstacles we have faced and will continue to face on the high street are too severe and despite our best efforts we have taken the difficult decision to permanently close our retail store estate.

“We will now go into full consultation with our colleagues.”