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Internaçionale staff made redundant as eight stores close

Internaçionale administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers closed eight stores last week, resulting in 91 redundancies.

The value fashion chain, which fell into administration at the end of February, had 89 stores prior to its collapse and employed around 1,000 people. The eight stores are the first to shut since Internaçionale went into administration. The stores to have shut are Gateshead, Telford, Bangor in Northern Ireland, Denton, Crawley, Bradford, Maidstone and Mansfield.

PwC joint administrator and partner Bruce Cartwright said: “Since appointment, the administrators of Internaçionale have been assessing the viability of the company store portfolio.

“As a result of this ongoing review, the administrators have taken the difficult decision to close eight stores this week, which means that 91 staff working at these stores will be made redundant in due course. The PwC team is making every effort to assist staff at this difficult time.” 

Earlier this month Drapers revealed value retailer Select is bidding for some of the Internaçionale stores. Select managing director Cafer Mahiroglu confirmed that he placed an offer with PricewaterhouseCoopers on the day Internacionale entered administration.

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