Jobs at risk at Comet in Wakefield

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STAFF at Wakefield’s branch of electrical retailer Comet could lose their jobs before Christmas.

Administrators are preparing to close all the company’s stores unless a buyer is found for the business, which employs 15 staff at Wakefield’s Cathedral Retail Park.

More than 5,000 jobs are at risk at the company UK-wide after it collapsed into administration.

Business advisory firm Deloitte, which took over the business on November 2, said 125 stores would close over the next few weeks, leaving a further 70 stores operating until all stock is sold.

Deloitte could not confirm if the Wakefield store will be one of the first 125 to close.

Joint administrator Chris Farrington said the closures would start in December, but would be delayed if an offer was made to buy the stores.

He said: “Unfortunately, in the absence of a firm offer for the whole of the business, it has become necessary to begin making plans in case a sale is not concluded.”

Mr Farrington said a staff helpline had been opened and redundant employees were being given help to find new jobs.

He added: “All employees will be paid for the work they do while the company is in administration and I can confirm that any accrued holiday pay, overtime and bonus earned during the administration trading period, together with the pre-Administration bonus that was owed to employees at the time of our appointment, will be paid to employees as previously stated.”