Search

Norwich branch of Republic to remain open as group calls in administrators

PUBLISHED: 15:16 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:16 13 February 2013

The Norwich branch of Republic is to remain open despite the chain going into administration.

The Norwich branch of Republic is to remain open despite the chain going into administration.

Archant

The Norwich branch of the clothing chain Republic will remain open, despite the company going into administration today.

The 121 shops across the country will continue to trade, with a view to selling the business as a going concern, though up to 2,500 jobs are at risk nationally after administrators Ernst and Young were appointed.

A “sudden and rapid decline” in sales at the end of last month is behind the collapse, coupled with poor trading results over the autumn.

The Norwich branch, in Chapelfield shopping centre, was open today with staff insisting it was “business as usual”.

Ernst said it had made 150 staff redundant at Republic’s headquarters in Leeds.

Administrator Hunter Kelly said: “Republic suffered poor trading results in the autumn, and whilst sales picked up in December there has been a sudden and rapid decline in sales in late January.

He added: “We will continue to trade Republic, with a view to selling the business as a going concern. The brand Republic is well recognised, particularly in the North. It has a powerful website offering, owns well-known brand names, and has some very attractive and profitable stores.”

Republic’s focus in the north of England – an area that has been hit particularly badly by the recession – is thought to have contributed to the poor trading.

Its fall into administration follows a bleak start to the year for the sector, with music retailer HMV, camera group Jessops and DVD rental group Blockbuster calling in administrators since the turn of the year.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

Management Jobs

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Insight

For many the most thrilling part of starting a business comes in the early days, buoyed by those first sales when you might be running your fledgling enterprise from the kitchen table.

A global boom in the use of smart meters is set to fuel the growth of a pioneering East Anglian engineering company after it struck a major production deal with a leading Indian manufacturer.

Green 100

cover

Enjoy the Green 100
digital edition

Read
0

Meet the Team

Mark Shields

Business Editor

|

Chris Hill

Agricultural and Farming Editor

|

Business Most Read

Awards

Norfolk Future 50 EDP Business Awards Green 100

Business Most Commented