A SKINCARE brand on a prime high street site has closed its store in the city.

A spokesman from L’Occitane en Provence, that has closed its shop in Worcester High Street, said the closure is due to the lease ending.

The France based brand that sells luxury skincare, fragrances, hair care and gifts first opened in the city in 2015.

In September the store closed after flash flooding which affected the premises.

The area was for a short time sectioned off by metal fencing and a barricade.

L’Occitane en Provence is one of many High Street businesses to close in Worcester recently.

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HMV is due to close on January 25. The record store retailer was bought by Sunrise Records owner Doug Putman in February this year.

Neil Taylor, who looks after Mr Putman’s business interests in the UK, said “We are continuing to review our entire property portfolio and are working hard with landlords to ensure the long-term success for HMV.

“Unfortunately, on this occasion the store was no longer a viable business option for us under the lease terms, so we had no choice but to close it.”

In July Patisserie Valerie, part of a bakery chain closed its business on Broad Street, Worcester despite the franchise being bought out of administration by a private equity firm. Patisserie Valerie confirmed it was to shut down 14 of its smaller patisseries.

Mothercare announced last November that its Worcester store is to close. The franchise said it will close all 79 of its UK stores. The store that sells baby items and clothing in Crown Gate shopping centre could close this week.

Bonmarché fell into administration in October. The firm has 316 stores nationally, including one in Crowngate Shopping Centre. 2,900 jobs are at risk.

Worcester’s rapidly changing city centre has also lost two of its oldest independent shops. The owners of Knowles Sports and and Knowles Travel Goods on Broad Street which traded for 135 years announced the closure in November, calling themselves ‘victims of the high street.”

Rick Knowles said: “The internet has taken its toll.

“Due to lack of footfall we have been finding that the last two or three years have been very difficult and so we had to make this difficult decision.”

The shop was set up by Mr Knowles’ great-grandfather Albert in 1884.