Mothercare shuts up shop after nearly 60 years in business

All 79 stores to close with 2,500 jobs lost across the country

Abbianca Makoni
Saturday 11 January 2020 23:17 GMT
All 79 Mothercare stores will close by Sunday
All 79 Mothercare stores will close by Sunday (PA)

Collapsed retailer Mothercare will disappear from the high street on Sunday after nearly six decades in business.

The health, beauty and baby product chain will see all 79 of its stores closed by Sunday, with 2,500 jobs lost across the country.

Since the start of December, Mothercare has slashed prices on products with special offers including a baby Stroller selling at £69.99, down from £334.95, with an antique wardrobe initially sold for £270 dropped by 70 per cent to £81.00.

Customers were unable to access the company's website but were urged to visit their nearest store for up to 80 per cent off on other selected items, with 37 of the 79 still remaining open on Saturday.

After 59 years in the business, Mothercare went into administration last year after struggling to compete with online shopping.

In May 2018 it secured a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal which it said would lead to the closure of just 50 stores and affect 800 jobs.

But after a struggle in keeping up with rent and cheaper competitors, the parent business announced in November 2019 it would file a notice to appoint administrators as it could no longer “satisfy the cash needs” to keep it afloat.

Meanwhile, fellow retailer Debenhams confirmed that 19 of their 160 stores across the UK will also shut their doors for good between 11 and 19 January.

A spokesman for the chain said that 660 job losses are expected.

The struggling clothing department store entered administration in April 2019 as it sought to reduce its debt and start a major restructuring process.

It announced last year that following the January store closures, further branches are expected to shut down in 2021 to bring it to a total of 50.

But details of the locations and when exactly this will happen have not been disclosed.

Here is the full list of Debenhams stores shutting down and the dates they are due to close:

Altrincham, Greater Manchester - 11 January

Birmingham, The Fort - 11 January

Kirkcaldy, Fife - 11 January

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey - 11 January

Wandsworth, London - 11 January

Wolverhampton - 11 January

Chatham, Kent - 15 January

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - 15 January

Slough, Berkshire - 15 January

Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham - 15 January

Welwyn, Herfordshire - 15 January

Witney, Oxfordshire - 15 January

Ashford, Kent - 19 January

Canterbury, Kent - 19 January

Eastbourne, East Sussex - 19 January

Folkestone, Kent - 19 January

Southport, Merseyside - 19 January

Southsea, Portsmouth - 19 January

Wimbledon, London - 19 January

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