Boots faces legal action from landlord over rent dispute

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Boots faces a dispute in the High Court over his rent at one of the capital’s busiest shopping centers, in the latest sign of strain in relations between tenants and business owners.The owner of Westfield in Stratford has taken legal action against the Main Street chemist, which is owned by the global chain Walgreens Boots Alliance, according to court documents.

Boots are believed to have angered landlords after refusing to pay rent at some sites during the nationwide lockdown, despite being listed as a key retailer that has allowed it to continue trading everywhere.

Due to a significant drop in shoppers at its stores and declining sales, Boots is reportedly adamant its outlets should be treated the same as those that were forced to close at the height of the lockdown. .

In July, the company said sales at all Boots UK outlets fell by 50% in the three months to June, and by 70% at its Boots Opticians stores. Announcing the numbers, Boots revealed he would cut around 4,000 jobs after announcing an overhaul of its operations last year which he said could see as many as 200 stores closed.

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