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Hundreds of jobs at risk nationwide as Crawley based Evans Cycles gets bought by Sports Direct

The new owner is set to close half the stores following its acquisition of the struggling firm.

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It’s a dark week for the bike chain.  Following the firm being placed into administration it has now been sold to Sports Direct International.

Then it was announced that in order to save the business they would likely close half of the stores.

This would mean the loss of hundred of jobs across the country but with no information yet as to which sites will close it leaves hundreds more with an uncertain future.

The chain which is almost 100 years old has been looking for a buyer following the news that their management team said they needed £20m in order to turn the business around.

With so much competition online the chain has struggled to continue to grow and to retain its customer base meaning that despite a tiny rise in sales last years there was still a loss.

It is hoped that with the new owner will be able to breathe new life into the firm.

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The Harry Potter Shop™ lands at Gatwick North Terminal

London Gatwick has welcomed The Harry Potter Shop™ to its North Terminal.

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As the UK enjoys the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the new 614 sq ft store offers a fantastic selection of items from across the Wizarding World.

From gifts to clothing, souvenirs to collectibles, Gatwick’s latest addition will offer a unique experience for the airport’s global passenger mix. Over 46 million passengers travel through Gatwick each year, with the airport offering connections to over 220 destinations, including more than 60 long-haul routes.

Tyler Miles, 10, visits The Harry Potter Shop before heading off on holiday from Gatwick.

Amongst the great winter gifts that can be purchased are Harry Potter Christmas jumpers and a winter accessories set including hat, scarf and gloves. Wizarding World fans can even bag a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter, mystery flying Snitch or – the ultimate must-have for any aspiring wizard or witch – their favourite character’s wand.

Jonathan Sands of The Harry Potter Shop™ said:

“We are so proud to open the newest of our official Harry Potter Shops at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Our aim is to create a unique shopping experience, offering the best of what the Wizarding World has to offer.”

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, London Gatwick said:

“I am thrilled to welcome such a popular and iconic brand to Gatwick. The Harry Potter Shop™ is a fantastic addition to the retailers at Gatwick as we continue to focus on providing great choice and value for our passengers through our mix of shops and restaurants.”

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