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Job losses in Carlisle and Workington as JJB Sports collapses

Two Cumbrian sports stores have closed and 26 staff have been made redundant following the collapse of a national chain.

Troubled JJB Sports went into administration yesterday (Monday) when 133 of its outlets were closed with the loss of 2,200 jobs. The closures included Workington and Carlisle branches.

A sign in the window of the Steelman Walk shop in Workington informed shoppers that the store was now closed. It added: “The management and staff thank you for your custom.”

It went on to say that JJB Sports PLC, Blane Leisure Limited and SSL Retail Limited had all been placed in administration.

News of the job losses took staff at stores in the Lanes, Carlisle and Washington Square, Workington by surprise when they turned up to begin work and the doors closed at 11am.

Of the 15 Workington staff, 14 were made redundant yesterday, while 12 staff out of 13 at the Carlisle store were told at 11am that they were out of a job. Two staff were kept on to assist administrators.

In August, it was announced that the retailer was in trouble after making a £101m loss last year. Hopes had been high that the Carlisle store would be among those saved in a deal with Sports Direct to buy 20 of the outlets.

Administrators from KPMG were appointed to the three companies which make up JJB Sports.

They completed an agreement to sell part of the business to Sports Direct, which already has a shop in Carlisle.

Richard Fleming from KPMG said: “Successive attempts to restructure the business, both financially and operationally, have not been enough to prevent the company falling into administration. Unfortunately a buyer could only be found for 20 stores on a going concern basis.”

The sale of leasehold interests of some of the remaining stores may result in the re-employment of some staff. A 24-hour helpline has been set up for employees on 0845 3022538.

Have your say

Cant vouch for every JJB but the reason Carlisle's store did so bad was the poor selection of goods it stocked. When buying trainers I have not found a decent pair in their in over 10 years which is shocking considering the size!

Posted by Andrew on 8 October 2012 at 08:41

Sorry Bob, you'rde not getting away with that. Quote:
"The apparent contradiction - in the rise in both unemployment and employment - is explained by the fact that there has been a rise in the number of part-time workers and the number of people classified as economically inactive has dropped."
I'll find you the source for thaqt if you want. People are being forced into part-time jobs because full-time work is harder to find. Full-time unemployment is a continyuing and expanding major problem for the whole of the UK - and indeed Europe as a whole, so let's not hide the fact.

Posted by Colin on 6 October 2012 at 13:48

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