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Next scraps deal to takeover Topshop’s Arcadia as competition heats up

By Becky Bargh | Published: 22-Jan-2021

The British beauty and fashion retailer has pulled out of the bidding war to save Sir Philip Green’s high street empire

Next has pulled out of the race to buy Sir Philip Green’s bust Arcadia group.

The British beauty and fashion retailer was pegged as the frontrunner to take over the Topshop owner earlier this week, however, in a short statement shared with Cosmetics Business, the group said it was unable to meet price expectations.

In a transatlantic tussle, where Next was up against Barneys chain owner Authentic Brands, G-III Apparel and Britain’s fast fashion group Boohoo, Simon Wolfson’s high street chain entered the bidding as a joint venture with Davidson Kempner.

Late in 2020, the businesses were rumoured to be in talks with Deloitte, the vendor overseeing Arcadia’s sale, and it was reported the duo would ‘likely’ make an offer.

Arcadia’s auction is said to have closed on Monday, but with Next out of the race, it gives other prospective buyers, including Mike Ashley’s Frasers Groups (the owner of Sports Direct and House of Fraser) and JD Sport, an opportunity to re-enter talks.

The successful bidder will inherit Arcadia’s 440-strong store from brands including Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins.

Wolfson’s British group was seen as a good fit for the takeover, having weathered the effects of the pandemic to open a handful of dedicated home and beauty stores.

Next said it wished the administrator and future owners “well in their endeavours”.

An estimated 13,000 jobs were put at risk when Arcadia appointed administrators in November.

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