Thorntons closing stores
About 1 Month, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 4 Minutes ago.
Mark Rees and his wife Katy run a chain of gift shops with the Thorntons name in big letters above the door.
And they pay £7,000 a year for the privilege.
So imagine their shock when the chocolate maker told them it would be issuing a global press release announcing its plans to close all of its 61 stores.
What that announcement didn't say is that Thorntons' more than 100 franchisees - who, together, account for the bulk of its High Street presence - have no intention of closing.