In what is surely a devastating blow to many gay man’s summer Instagram plans, trendy retailer Topshop is planning to shut all 11 of its Topshop and Topman locations in the United States, according to the BBC. The company plans to shutter 23 of its locations overall worldwide, including the 11 in the U.S.
The brand’s UK-based parent company, the Arcadia Group, will shut the stores to avoid falling into bankruptcy. The Arcadia Group has already closed 200 other stores it owns to avoid financial problems.
Topshop has been in the US for 10 years and its male counterpart, Topman, has since become a staple of gay culture. However, Topshop faced a lot of issues, including sexual harassment accusations against its founder Sir Philip Green. The accusations led Beyoncé to end her Ivy Park-based relationship with Topshop.
Topshop has gotten in trouble in the past for co-opting LGBTQ+ language on their shirts, specifically lesbian terminology. Some queer women felt Topshop and H&M were using the word “femme” on their shirts when it wasn’t theirs to use.
The closure deal, according to Paper, is not 100 percent done, and there’s a likely chance you’ll be able to buy Topshop and Topman products at department stores rather than their own brick-and-mortar locations. But still, pour one out and go find the best Memorial Day sale you can!