House of pain – administrations and store closures blight the high street

House of Fraser is the latest retailer to collapse into administration, and it comes amid extreme turmoil on the high street.

Since the beginning of the year, multiple retailers have gone bust or announced store closure plans.

CITY HouseofFraser HighStreetCredit: PA Graphics

– House of Fraser

The department store has fallen into administration, endangering the future of 17,000 staff. But parts of the business could still be rescued, most likely through a pre-pack administration process, where a new buyer cherry-picks the best assets.

– Homebase

The DIY chain is set to close 80 stores, hitting up to 2,000 jobs. It follows a botched takeover by Australia’s Wesfarmers.

Homebase is closing 80 stores after a botched takeoverCredit: Steve Parsons/PA

– Poundworld

Called in administrators in June in a move affecting 5,100 jobs. The business was hit by falling footfall, alongside rising costs and weak consumer confidence. All stores have now been closed.

–Toys R Us

The toy chain went into administration on the last day of February after failing to find a third-party buyer. It came after HMRC sought to recover £15 million in unpaid VAT and this finally tipped the company into administration.

Toys R Us went into administration in February after failing to find a buyerCredit: Aaron Chown/PA

–Maplin

One of the UK’s biggest electronics retailers collapsed into administration on the same day as Toys R Us after talks with buyers failed to secure a sale. The business faced the slump in the pound after the Brexit vote, weak consumer confidence and a withdrawal of credit insurance.

–Mothercare

The ailing baby goods and maternity retailer is to close 50-60 stores as part of a planned turnaround.

–Carpetright

The embattled flooring firm is embarking on a store closure programme, also part of a restructuring, after announcing heavy losses.

Carpetright is closing stores as part of a restructuring after suffering heavy lossesCredit: Jason Alden/Carpetright/PA

–Carluccio’s

The upmarket deli chain has unveiled a restructuring plan that is likely to lead to 34 restaurant closures as it cited a combination of a decline in consumer spending and increased competition, coupled with rising costs of labour, raw materials, rent and business rates.

Other restaurants that have undertaken company voluntary arrangements so far this year include Byron, Prezzo and Jamie’s Italian.

–New Look

The clothing chain announced earlier this year that it would close 60 UK stores and cut 1,000 jobs as part of a financial restructuring.

–Conviviality Retailing

The major drinks and off-licence supplier, which owns Wine Rack and Bargain Booze, went into administration in early April. The company had grown too quickly by merger, there were a series of profit warnings and a £30 million tax bill for which Conviviality was forced to ask for extra funds from investors – who refused.

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality went into administration in April after investors refused a plea for extra fundsCredit: Ben Birchall/PA

–Warren Evans

The bed, mattress and furniture retailer in London and the South East went into administration one week after putting itself up for sale. The company, known for its ethical stance, had been losing money for some time under the pressure of rising costs and shrinking customer spending.

–Calvetron

The owner of Jacques Vert, Windsmoor, Dash and Eastex fashion brands, which ran about 300 UK concessions in stores including Debenhams and House of Fraser, went into administration at the start of May. Bosses said inflation and wage freezes had been a driving force behind decreased spending.

–Juice Corporation

The firm behind fashion brand Joe Bloggs and the retailer that designed the wedding dress for Diana, Princess of Wales, collapsed into administration in January. Although the group made profits, it had failed to make inroads into the fashion market.

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