Staff at Atlantic Fashions, the chain that collapsed in November, have not yet received redundancy letters or P45s because parent company Acton Farm cannot access staff records.
In a letter sent to Drapers, sole Acton Farm director Andrew Bastock explained that all records and papers relating to Acton Farm staff, including payroll administration, were being handled by Jet Star Retail, which traded as MK One, before it went into administration last month.
A merger of the two value businesses had been in the pipeline, but failed to complete after Jet Star Retail went into administration. As a result, Acton Farm was unable to access records of its staff, such as postal addresses and telephone numbers.
Without the records, Acton Farm could not identify all of its staff, and a letter dated December 5 informing them that the company would go into liquidation on December 22, was only sent to some employees.
Bastock said that once a liquidator is appointed, expected to be next week, records of staff will be available and a formal letter will be sent out.
He added: "I deeply regret the situation. At the moment I am looking into alternative means to obtain the information required so that [staff] may be contacted directly."
Atlantic Clothing employees can contact Bastock at firstname.lastname@example.org until January 7.