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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Lower rent deal saves Cumbrian clothes shop from closure

A clothes shop in Workington store has been saved from closure.

Staff at fashion chain Bonmarche, on Ivison Lane, found out yesterday that new owners, private equity outfit Sun European Partners, had negotiated a lower rent with the landlord.

Its eight staff will keep their jobs.

The shop will close on Thursday but will reopen shortly afterwards with new stock.

Store manager Joyce Ferguson said: “We are ecstatic. We have been in limbo for a while and the uncertainty had been getting everyone down.”

It was previously owned by the Peacock Group, and when Sun European Partners took over it immediately announced plans to shut 160 stores.

Meanwhile, last-ditch talks are taking place to save Peacocks in Murray Road after it closed suddenly last week, with the loss of 13 jobs. The national chain went into administration in January.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill bought hundreds of the firm’s shops across the country, but the Workington branch was one of 224 not included in the sale.

The company says the Workington store is among 75 that it hopes to reopen.

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