Carpetright to close 81 shops and seeking rent reductions on 113 more

Thursday, 12th April 2018, 09:55 am
Updated Thursday, 12th April 2018, 10:55 am
Carpetright will close 81 stores across the country, it has been announced (Photo: Shutterstock)

Floor coverings retailer Carpetright has announced the imminent closure of another 81 stores around the country.

Eleven branches have already stopped trading, bringing the total number of closures up to 92.

The company has also arranged for rent prices to be lowered on another 113 sites, under a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Around 300 jobs are currently at risk, although the organisation has stated that it hopes to relocate existing staff to other stores where possible.

Carpetright currently employs nearly 2,700 staff members, and has a total of 409 shops around the UK.

Several areas will lose more than one branch

The stores closing are spread fairly evenly across the country, although some areas will lose more than one branch.

The company is not the first UK retailer to close several or all of their stores - Maplin, Toys R Us and New Look have also done the same recently (Photo: Shutterstock)

Glasgow, Hamilton, Leeds and Wakefield are set to see two Carpetright or Sleepright shops disappear from their high streets.

The sudden closures follow a trend in retail. Well known brands such as Toys R Us, New Look, Maplin have all closed some or all of their stores in recent months after a drop in sales.

The full list of 81 Carpetright shops marked for closure:

AyrBallymenaBangor (NI)BarnsleyBecktonBelfast - NewtownabbeyBicesterBirmingham StechfordBlackwoodBodminBorehamwoodBurgess HillBurnleyBuryCaerphillyCatfordColeraineDerry/LondonderryDudleyEast GrinsteadEdinburgh - LeithExeterExmouthFalkirkFolkestoneFraserburghGlasgow - Great Western RoadGlasgow - Parkhead ForgeGloucesterGreat YarmouthGreenockGuildfordHamilton - CarpetrightHamilton - SleeprightHarrogateHayesHitchinHonitonHuddersfieldInverness - MerkinchKidderminsterKings LynnLauncestonLeeds - BirstallLeeds - HunsletLewesLichfieldLincolnLivingstonLlanelliLutonMaidenheadNeathOldhamPutneyReading - Oxford RoadRedhillRenfrewScarboroughScunthorpeSheffield - MeadowhallSouth ShieldsSt AustellSt HelensStaffordStanmoreStratford-upon-AvonStreatham CommonStroodSunderland - CastletownTelfordThanetThornton Heath - Carpetright & SleeprightTivertonWakefield - CathedralWakefield - Westgate (Storeys)WalsallWarminsterWigan - Robin ParkWishawYork - Foss Island