American clothing chain, Gap is set to close all its 81 stores across the UK and Ireland and move the fashion label online.

The stores will be closed in a 'phased manner' between the end of August and the end of September.

This includes 19 stores that were already scheduled to close in July as their leases were expiring.

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This comes after staff at the Gap in Cornmarket said the store was set to close on July 24.

The Gap store in Banbury’s Castle Quay shopping centre will also close.

The company has not disclosed how many employees will be affected by the closures.

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