Hope for Douglas Thorntons

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THE Douglas branch of confectioner Thorntons looks safe at least for the immediate future, a spokesman for the firm has said.

The news follows in the wake of an announcement by the Derbyshire-based company that it is to close 120 of its shops across the British Isles.

But the closures are to be staggered over the next three years, happening where possible as the shop leases come up for renewal.

A company spokesman said the Douglas shop, which employs four people, was not in the spotlight at least for the first round of closures. The company was also looking at opening some new shops and relocating some to better or more profitable sites.

‘We are simply reshaping the business so Thorntons can continue to serve its customers efficiently,’ the spokesman said.

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