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A-Wear to reopen up to six stores as receiver’s rescue plan gathers pace

Irish womenswear chain A-Wear plans to reopen up to six of its stores next week.

The beleaguered business, which fell into receivership last month, will reopen five to six stores, adding to shops in Blanchardstown, Dundrum, Grafton Street in Dublin and Sligo that have remained trading throughout.  

A-Wear has 31 stores in the Republic of Ireland and nine concessions in House of Fraser stores in the UK.

No decision has been made on which locations will reopen, although they are expected to do so within the next week. A-Wear’s website remains offline, with a notice reading: “Due to unforeseen circumstances this site is currently offline.” It is not known whether the site will begin trading again.

Receiver Ken Fennell of Kavanagh Fennell said A-Wear would honour gift cards and vouchers issued after October 8, when the retailer entered examinership, until December 24.

A-Wear, which also sells its own label via websites such as Asos and Zalando, was put into examinership after suffering a decrease in footfall.

It said its survival would depend on negotiating low rents with landlords.

Fennell, who was appointed as receiver last month, said it was “inevitable” that some of A-Wear’s 31 stores would close.

The business employs 358 staff across its stores and Dublin head office. It also stocks third-party womenswear brands including Jasmine and Closet in its stores and on its website.

After falling into examinership, it was reported that as part of its rescue plan A-Wear would close its UK concessions.

In October it was revealed by the retailer that it wanted to transform itself into a wholesale oriented business supplying multiple retailers with stock from lower-cost locations such as India, China and Turkey rather than the UK, where A-Wear currently sources most of its product.

A-Wear’s wholesale arm is thought to make up around 10% of revenues at present.

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