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Fashion chain Peacocks collapse into administration, putting Suffolk stores at risk of closure

Fashion chain Peacocks has collapsed into administration, putting its stores in Suffolk at risk of closure and its staff at risk of redundancy.

Billionaire Philip Day’s EWM Group retail empire confirmed today that they have appointed administrators from FRP Advisory in the latest blow to high streets across the county.

The administrators said no redundancies or store closures have been confirmed yet.

Peacocks in Newmarket, which closed before the store was put into administration.(43205181)
Peacocks in Newmarket, which closed before the store was put into administration.(43205181)

But jobs are at risk and stores could close at its Suffolk locations, including ones in Sudbury, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Stowmarket.

Across the country the Cardiff-based firm runs 423 stores with 4,369 staff.

Mr Day’s EWM Group had already placed its Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Ponden Home business into administration earlier this month, and the group has also put Jaeger into administration today.

Tony Wright, joint administrator and partner at FRP, said: “Jaeger and Peacocks are attractive brands that have suffered the well-known challenges that many retailers face at present.

“We are in advanced discussions with a number of parties and working hard to secure a future for both businesses.”

An EWM Group spokeswoman said: “In recent weeks we have had constructive discussions with a number of potential buyers for Peacocks and Jaeger Ltd but the continuing deterioration of the retail sector due to the impact of the pandemic and second lockdown have made this process longer and more complex than we would have hoped.

“While those talks are ongoing, we no longer have an option to extend the standstill agreement originally imposed by the High Court six weeks ago any further.

“Therefore as directors we taken the desperately difficult decision to place Peacocks and Jaeger into administration while those talks continue.

“We will continue to do all we can to support FRP Advisory in trying to secure the best outcome possible for these businesses."

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