King’s Lynn shoe shop set to close

A King's Lynn shoe store is among 18 set to close before Christmas following the collapse of the Barratts Priceless chain, administrators Deloitte said today.

The administrator said five Barratts and 13 Priceless stores – including the Priceless shop in Kings' Lynn – will close on Friday across the UK and Ireland, resulting in the loss of 127 jobs.

Other stores which are set to close are at Connswater, Kilmarnock, Darlington, Cardiff and Blackpool and 13 Priceless stores are in Croydon, Durham, Oldham, Strabane, Crossgates, Kettering, Carlow, Donaghmede, Torquay, Weymouth, Bexhill on Sea, and Erdington.

A further 60 staff members in the head office in Bradford are also being made redundant.

The shoe chain collapsed into administration earlier this month, after unseasonably mild weather further exacerbated already difficult trading conditions.

Administrator Deloitte said that it would continue to trade the remaining 173 stores as it seeks a buyer for all, or parts, of the business as a going concern.