Mothercare disappears from the high street after almost six decades

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: A general view of a Mothercare store on November 5, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. Mothercare has announced plans to put its UK business into administration, putting 2,500 UK jobs at risk. The company said it expected its 79-shop UK chain, which lost ??36.3m last year, to be wound down by administrators. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
All 79 stores have now closed (Picture: Getty)

The final Mothercare stores still open have closed down today, meaning the chain has disappeared from the high street after 59 years.

All 79 of its stores across the UK have now shut, leading to 2,500 job losses across the country.

The baby product chain has slashed prices since the start of December to clear stock, with special offers including a baby Stroller selling for £69.99 instead of £334.95.

Customers were unable to access the company’s website but were urged to visit their nearest store for up to 80% off on other selected items, with 37 of the 79 still remaining open yesterday.

After 59 years in the business, Mothercare went into administration last year after struggling to compete with online shopping.

In May 2018 it secured a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal which it said would lead to the closure of just 50 stores and affect 800 jobs.

RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE A sign outside a closed Mothercare store at Aintree Retail Park, Liverpool on the company's final day of trading. Collapsed retailers Mothercare and Debenhams are shutting down stores for good this January after decades in the business. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 12, 2020. The health, beauty and baby product chain will have all 79 of its stores closed by Sunday, with 2,500 jobs lost across the country. See PA story CONSUMER Mothercare. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A sign outside a closed Mothercare store at Aintree Retail Park, Liverpool, today (Picture: PA)

But after a struggle in keeping up with rent and cheaper competitors, the parent business announced in November 2019 it would file a notice to appoint administrators as it could no longer ‘satisfy the cash needs’ to keep it afloat.

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Meanwhile fellow retailer Debenhams confirmed that 19 of the 160 chains across the UK will also shut their doors for good between January 11 to 19.

A spokesman for the chain said that 660 job losses are expected.

The struggling clothing department store entered administration in April 2019 as it sought to reduce its debt and start a major restructuring process.

It announced last year that following the January store closures, further branches are expected to shut down in 2021 to bring it to a total of 50.

But details of the locations and when exactly this will happen have not been disclosed.

All the Debenhams stores closing down

This is a list of the shops closing, and the dates they will shut.

Altrincham, Greater Manchester – January 11
Birmingham, The Fort – January 11
Kirkcaldy, Fife – January 11
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey – January 11
Wandsworth, London – January 11
Wolverhampton – January 11
Chatham, Kent – January 15
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk – January 15
Slough, Berkshire – January 15
Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham – January 15
Welwyn, Herfordshire – January 15
Witney, Oxfordshire – January 15
Ashford, Kent – January 19
Canterbury, Kent – January 19
Eastbourne, East Sussex – January 19
Folkestone, Kent – January 19
Southport, Merseyside – January 19
Southsea, Portsmouth – January 19
Wimbledon, London – January 19

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