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Ness administrators shutter further stores

Scottish retailer and brand Ness Clothing is closing more of its stores in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow, following its fall into administration before Christmas.

Ness, which has 10 stores in Scotland and five in England, as well as four concessions, appointed BDO business restructuring partners, James Stephen and Matthew Tait, as joint administrators on 23 December as a result of “working capital difficulties”.

The retailer’s stores in Perth, the Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Edinburgh and the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow will cease trading this week, resulting in 13 redundancies.

Seven stores had already closed. The remaining Ness stores in Inverness, York, Keswick and the two on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile continue to trade, as does its website.

Ness employed 105 people across its head office and chain of outlets at the time it went into administration. 

The administrators said they are continuing discussions with the preferred bidder and are hopeful of finalising the sale of the business shortly.

Stephen said: “Discussions with the preferred bidder are progressing well and shoppers and loyal customers continue to support the business. However, further store closures have been unavoidable in the current difficult trading climate.”

 

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