OXFORD’S branch of fashion chain Jack Wills now has closing down signs in its shop windows.

The clothing company was founded in 1999 and has proved popular with students.

Its stock is now being heavily discounted but staff at the branch in High Street close to Carfax would not reveal a closing date.

Oxford Mail:

In August owners Sports Direct closed eight Jack Wills stores and announced that more would close if it could reach agreement with landlords on lower rents.

The casualwear company, which Sports Direct acquired out of administration for £12.8m earlier this year, has more than 90 stores.

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The stores that shut in August were closed are in Marlborough, Derby, Reigate, Rock, Tunbridge Wells, Durham, Kingston and St Albans. Sports Direct said it would endeavour to redeploy staff.

Oxford Mail:

While Jack Wills’ iconic blue and pink stripes are to go, it is understood that women’s wear brand Anthropologie will take over the unit.

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Anthropologie is part of the URBN group, which includes brands like Free People and Urban Outfitters – which has recently moved into the Westgate Centre, opposite the library.

Oxford Mail:

The city council has received an application from Anthropologie showing changes which could be made to the Grade II listed building, with tiling added to the ground floor and a light blue exterior.