Bolton Comet stores not closing down, Scunthorpe store announces fire sale

Written on:November 21, 2012
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Comet store in Chorley under closure threat

As Comet stores are closing down this week, two of its stores survived the initial round of closures, by Comet’s administrators Deloitte. Bolton’s stores at Middlebrook and Trinity Retail Park have been left open along with stores in Bury, Leigh and Wigan also escaping closures.

Comet which fell into administration three weeks ago, had struggled to balance in-store and online shopping experience. Last week, Comet’s administrators Deloitte confirmed to close down 41 Comet stores by the end of November, unless a buyer is found, which can overturn the fate of 6,000-odd staff at Comet stores.

Comet closing down sales began in 27 stores at the weekend and will begin in a further 14 stores next week. Deloitte confirmed that there would be discounts at Bolton Comet stores, along with another 193 stores around the country.

While Comet staff at Bolon were unable to comment yesterday, a Deloitte spokeman said, “While the administrators will look to redeploy staff from any stores which do face closure to other stores nearby, there will inevitably be redundancies. An employee helpline and assistance programme is in place. The administrators continue to hold discussions with parties who have expressed interest in parts of the Comet business.” The spokesman said that it is inevitable to begin the closure process and that staff consultation is underway.

While Bolton stores have survived closure, the Comet store in Scunthorpe has not been lucky enough. Sign boards outside the store which announce a close down sale reveal that its closure is in the offing. Surprisingly, the Scunthorpe store was not under the list of closures announced a few days ago.

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14 Comments add one

  1. Wilson says:

    Would like to the definition of ‘generous discounts’ by the administrators.

  2. Bruce says:

    nonetheless people will again visit the close down sale in these stores to check the margin of increase in discounts and go back home and order the same product on Amazon.

  3. Gary says:

    Regret the closure is all that they can say. My sympathies with the staff.

  4. Peter says:

    Wish the staff were informed earlier so that they could have begun sourcing for jobs elsewhere. Companies are so callous.

  5. Eric says:

    If they are not closing today, they will close down tomorrow. There is no escape.

  6. Gary says:

    It would be great if we could get a list of what Comet stores are closing down and when the fire sale would begin

  7. Amy says:

    Supermarkets such as Tesco or Sainsbury’s should try to buy Comet

  8. Amy says:

    I wonder why Dixons is not interested in bidding for its competitor

  9. Owen says:

    I’m sure there would be someone who would genuinely bail out the Comet staff soon

  10. Nick says:

    Comet was never this interesting when it was functional. Neither its customer service was note-worthy nor its product offerings. Suddenly, people are running around for the same stock just because of heavy discounts.

  11. Julia says:

    I can understand the plight of the staff in these stores, but yes, people look forward to sales in order to save more. What’s wrong with that?

  12. Sally says:

    I like the 30% discount on items. Much better than the measly 10% they were offering before.

  13. Paula says:

    Deloitte should accept offers soon so that Comet staff can get relief

  14. businessman says:

    I’ll buy them for £1 inc. VAT.

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