Fashion retailer Gap will close all company-owned stores in Europe

Gap is reportedly considering closing all company-owned stores in Europe.

Uninspiring product ranges and heavy discounting leave Gap irrelevant in European market, says GlobalData.


“Reports that Gap may be closing all of its European stores come as no surprise given its undistinguishable product offering and failure to capitalise on growing demand for casualwear", comments Gemma Boothroyd, Apparel Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. "Despite comfortable clothing being in demand this year as European consumers have spent more time at home, it was too late for Gap to leverage its existing product lines, with its reputation already damaged by years of lacklustre ranges. Although globally Gap managed to practically double its e-commerce business to account for nearly 50% of total sales amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, this success did not translate to Europe, where second quarter total sales ending August 2020 plummeted by 47%.

As one of America’s most iconic retailers, Gap could formerly rely on the lustre of its American name to establish international prestige. But its cultural legacy no longer holds weight for European consumers, who have lost interest in Gap’s uninspiring apparel. Given that European consumers have no patriotic allegiance to shop with the brand, Gap’s inability to remain relevant has resulted in a significant decline, and it has lost the market share it had once carved out in Europe.

The shift to working from home alongside tumbling demand for occasionwear from cancelled events could have been a real opportunity for Gap, which was formerly renowned for its high-quality basics. Yet other retailers, such as Fast Retailing’s Uniqlo are simply doing it better. By focusing on reliably timeless styles rather than short turnaround trends, Uniqlo has thrived by maintaining a clean and simple, appealing product offer. Comparatively, Gap has spread itself too thinly, and even with consistent and heavy product discounting it has been unable to capture European shoppers’ interest."

Hits: 9346 | Leave a comment

Tags:fashion retailer, GAP

About the Author

Silvia Kabaivanova

As the founder of Be Global Fashion Network and several other fashion websites, Silvia has been working for more than 20 years covering fashion industry trends and news. With a passion for the fashion business, she focuses on sustainable fashion and innovations, custom fashion and print on demand services. Silvia is a Chairman of Bulgarian Fashion Association. You can reach her at

Vote for Most Stylish Men 2017

How to Order Matching Designs of Clothing and Accessories with Print on Demand Is it Trending to Put Your Cat's Face on a Dress or Shirt? How to Use the Pantone Color of the Year 2024