Leah Evans alongside her colleagues on their last day at Topshop Merryhill.

A woman who worked at Topshop for more than three years has expressed her sadness at the fashion retailer’s closure.

Leah Evans who was employed at the Merry Hill store said the pandemic had meant this was a “really hard” time for people in retail.

She said she initially found out her redundancy was approaching through the news and social media, something she could “never have imagined”.

AUDIO: Leah reflects on being given one week’s notice by Topshop

Many other employees were also given only a week’s notice before their redundancy. Staff say that caused them a huge amount of distress.

On Twitter many people channelled their thoughts on their sudden redundancy.

Others also took to Twitter to explain their concerns

One person joked they could even use the British fashion retailer as fake work experience.

An employer is legally required to consult employees within at least 30 days, if the proposal will make over 20 employees redundant, within a 90-day period.

A spokesman for Arcadia which owned Topshop said: “The restructuring of our head office which we announced on July 1 is essential to ensure we can operate as efficiently as possible during these very challenging times.

“We remain in a consultation process with our head office staff and no decisions will be made until this process has concluded.

“Throughout this process we will be following all the government guidelines and legislation. We are listening closely to all of their concerns.”

Since Topshop’s closure, Asos has purchased Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT for £265m and sells their clothes online.