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Laura Ashley has acquired the Edgewarebury building at Elstree in Hertfordshire for £5.8m, in order to open a 49-room boutique hotel.
Laura Ashley is planning to open up to five more specialist gift shops this year, following a successful trial in London.
Laura Ashley is to continue to expand its chain of 228 home furnishing stores, but at a slower rate than the 29 new stores opened last year.
Laura Ashley is in negotiations to set up a clothing and home furnishings distribution centre at the 310,000 sq ft Celestia site in Milton Keynes, which could also involve the relocation of its head office from Fulham.
Laura Ashley is planning to open about 33 fashion and homewares stores this year.
Laura Ashley is planning to expand its chain of 178 clothing and homewares stores with up to 20 new sites over the next year.
Laura Ashley is planning to relocate 30 of its 200 stores from high street location to out-of-town sites over the next two years.
Laura Ashley is to close five clothing and home furnishing stores in France and six in Germany, and its UK expansion will slow down.
Laura Ashley is looking to open a further 50 out-of-town home furnishings stores to add to the existing 20.
Laura Ashley is to set up a furniture distribution centre at Bardon in Leicestershire, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Laura Ashley is planning to open a further 30 home furnishing concessions in Homebase stores.
Laura Ashley is planning to create 120 jobs at its Texplan Manufacturing factories in Powys over the next four years, in order to expand the output of clothing, wallpaper and textiles.
Laura Ashley is planning to open seven home furnishings stores this year, and believes there is potential for up to 100.
Laura Ashley is planning to refurbish its 217 stores in the UK and 63 stores in continental Europe.
Laura Ashley is to sell its US business to management for a nominal sum as part of a deal with bankers to stave off insolvency.