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Kate Kuba shuts up shop

Women’s footwear mini chain Kate Kuba has closed its doors just a fortnight after the business went into administration, as exclusively revealed by Drapersonline.com.

Kate Kuba, which was widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent footwear retailers, is understood to have shut its nine shops which include stores in Brent Cross shopping centre in London and the Met Quarter development in Liverpool. Its website is also “down for maintenance”.

It recently opened a store in the Westfield London shopping centre but it is unclear how the shop has performed.

Kate Kuba founder Costas Constantinou was widely expected to attempt to buy some of the stores back out of administration. However, Constantinou’s family have another footwear mini chain called Georgina’s, which is understood to be unaffected by the Kate Kuba administration and is still trading.

The demise of Kate Kuba will come as a surprise to the industry given it is a key stockists of sheepskin boot brand Ugg. Sales of Ugg boots this autumn have kept many footwear retailers afloat, and in some cases in positive like for like territory in spite of the recession and collapse in consumer spending.

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