Bonmarche, the women’s fashion chain specialising in clothing for those aged over-50, appointed administrators, FRP Advisory, leaving uncertainty for the company’s future.
The chains 318 UK stores will remain open whilst a buyer is sought – with 2887 jobs at risk.
Chief Executive of the Yorkshire-based chain, Helen Connolly, blames the tough High Street trading conditions for the tough decision she made, putting the firm into administration. As heard in the news, Bonmarche are not the first or only retailer to experience issues. They add to the long list of struggling high street retailers, such as New Look, Topshop’s Arcadia, House of Fraser and Debenhams
Both refinancing and a rescue deal, known as a CVA, had been looked into. However, they came to the conclusion that neither option would benefit the business and change the challenges being faced.
‘’We have spent a number of months examining our business model and looking for alternatives. But we have been sadly forced to conclude that under the present terms of business, our model does not simply work’’.
Supposedly, this comes as not too much a surprise since the struggling retailer warned earlier this year that trading was deteriorating. The company has gone into administration before, in 2012, when it was rescued by private equity firm Sun European Partners.
Despite the news, FRP Advisory reassured the public and all of Bonmarche's internal stakeholders, including employees, that trading will continue, and no immediate redundancies will be made.
‘’There is every sign that we can continue trading while we market Bonmarche for sale and believe that there will be interest to take on the business.’’
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