MAJOR retail names are pulling out of Torquay high street in a 'devastating' blow for the town.
Topshop and the Body Shop have confirmed they will both close their stores in Fleet Walk in March.
And the Ladbrokes betting shop in Fleet Street has already closed down.
A spokesman for Topshop said the shop's last day of trading would be March 15.
The spokesman said: "As a business, we are continually reviewing our store portfolio across the group, and as part of that leases do come up for renewal.
"On the occasion when a lease is not renewed, we always endeavour where possible to re-deploy staff affected to another store within the Arcadia Group."
A spokesman for the Body Shop said: "We can confirm the Torquay store is closing in March.
"We regularly review our store portfolio performance and have reluctantly taken the decision to not renew the lease of the Body Shop, Torquay, and close the store. We are currently in consultation with the sales team to discuss job opportunities elsewhere within the business."
They said customers could still visit the Newton Abbot store or shop online or via home parties.
Ladbrokes closed on Tuesday. A sign on the door thanked customers for their support over the years and directed them to nearby branches in Market Street and Vaughan Parade.A spokesman said: "We have run three licences in Torquay since 2006 but have seen a business decline in this area of the last five years. Unfortunately we are no longer able to sustain the losses in these three shops so have closed Fleet Street. "We have two other licences within five minutes walk of Fleet Street, one in Vaughan Parade and the other in Market Street. Both will remain open. Given the minimal distance between Fleet Street and Vaughan Parade there will be minimal disruption to our customers who can continue to bet with us here."We have five colleagues who were based in Fleet Street. In addition to the two remaining licences in Torquay we also have shops in Paignton and Goodrington within this market place and have been able to accommodate them within these locations."
John Doherty, who has been re-elected as chairman of the Torquay Business Improvement District steering group, said the loss of high street names like Topshop and Body Shop was 'devastating' for the town.
He said: "It is almost exactly a year since Topshop opened in the Willows, which says it all really.
"But the bottom line is they were obviously not making enough money to pay the cost of the units.
"The problem is closures like this have a knock-on effect on other businesses, as for example shoppers might have also bought some jewellery or had a coffee while in town."