Battle to save jobs continues

BonMarche Westmoreland Street Wakefield
BonMarche Westmoreland Street Wakefield

TEN jobs have been saved at clothes retailer Bonmarche’s city centre store after a buyer was found for the struggling company.

But talks are still underway to prevent redundancies at the city’s branch of debt-hit fashion chain Peacocks.

Bonmarche, which went into adminstration last month, will continue to run its shop on Westmorland Street.

And the firm said no job losses were currently planned at its headquarters at Grange Moor, near Wakefield.

Bonmarche was bought by Sun European Partners, after it appointed admistrators KPMG.

The new owner said it would close 160 Bonmarche stores, leaving 230 open. Around 1,400 jobs were at risk UK-wide.

Melonie Sykes, store manager at Bonmarche’s Westmorland branch, said: “Staff are thrilled with the news that we are remaining open.

“We would like to extend a special thanks to all our customers for their support and messages of encouragement over the last few week.”

Bonmarche was part of the Peacocks Group, which also appointed KPMG after struggling to restructure debts of £240m.

A buyer is still sought of Peacocks, which has a store in Wakefield’s Trinity Walk Shopping Centre.

KPMG said talks were contuning with companies interested in taking over the company.