Three Leeds​ Toys R Us stores to shut down

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Ros Snowdon

Carpetright ​is to close 10 stores in Yorkshire as part of a restructuring plan that could ​involve the loss of around 300 jobs and 92 store closures around the UK.

CLOSING DOWN: Three Leeds branches of Toys R Us are among those to shut.

CLOSING DOWN: Three Leeds branches of Toys R Us are among those to shut.

​The affected Yorkshire stores are Leeds – Birstall, Leeds – Hunslet, Barnsley, Harrogate, Huddersfield, ​Scarborough, Sheffield – Meadowhall, Wakefield – Cathedral, Wakefield- Westgate and York – Foss Island.

The group said of the 92 stores being offloaded, 11 have already stopped trading.

Toys R Us ​said it will​ shut its final stores in just under two weeks on April 24, resulting in the loss of more than 2,000 jobs.

Four Yorkshire stores in ​Leeds, ​Wakefield, Hull and Sheffield will close between April 21 and 24.

The toy chain collapsed in February and insolvency specialist Moorfields has been selling off the retailer’s stock at knockdown prices.

Moorfields said that all Toys R Us’s 75 stores will close by April 24.

Some 2,054 employees are set to be made redundant.

Toys R Us appointed Moorfields to handle the administration when the company was unable to pay a £15m tax bill.

High street retailers have been hit by a drop in consumer spending, soaring costs, lower wage growth, higher inflation and the increasing threat from online competitors.

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