Jobs D-Day for 2,800 cards staff

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employees of beleaguered retailer Clinton Cards could find out today if they will be losing their jobs as around 350 stores across the UK prepare to close.

The store closure programme will begin on Monday and continue into June.

Approximately 2,800 full-time and part-time staff will be axed.

The firm went into administration on May 9.

There are 628 Clintons stores across the UK and 139 Birthdays outlets, with a workforce of 8,000.

Leeds has 11 Clintons branches and there are two in Wakefield, with others in Castleford, Pontefract, Ilkley, Harrogate, Wetherby and Knaresborough.

Peter Saville, Simon Freakley and Anne O’Keefe, partners at corporate advisory and restructuring specialists Zolfo Cooper, were appointed joint administrators over Clinton Cards and its subsidiaries, including Birthdays Retail Limited.

They have tried to sell the business as a going concern but have decided to close 350 stores, which also includes all the Birthdays outlets.

The stores to close are located throughout the country.

Peter Saville, joint administrator and partner at Zolfo Cooper, said: “Given the sheer size of the Clinton Cards retail estate and the overall performance, we were left with no alternative to today’s difficult decision.

“I am hopeful that the action we have taken will allow us to preserve value in the core underlying business, thereby allowing us and potential buyers to focus on a profitable and viable retail estate going forward.”

Asked by the YEP which stores will close, a spokesman for Zolfo Cooper said: “There is no further information available at this time. Exact locations, timings and employee numbers will be confirmed shortly by no earlier than May 18.”

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