Richard Fleming, Chris Laverty, Ed Boyle and Joff Pope of KPMG have been appointed joint administrators to Peacock’s Stores Limited, The Peacock Group Plc, Peacocks (Nantgarw) Limited, Dorsman Estates Co Limited and Henson No.4 Limited, which together make up the high street budget fashion retailer trading as Peacocks. The Peacocks business operates around 611 stores and 49 concessions across Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales and employs approximately 9,600 people.
The joint administrators are trading the company while actively seeking a buyer for the business as a going concern and all stores are continuing to operate as usual. No stores have been closed and there have been no immediate redundancies today.
The Bonmarché business, which employs approximately 3,800 staff and is also owned by The Peacock Group plc, has not entered administration and continues to trade. However, the business filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators on Monday 16th January. The notice allows ten working days before the appointment of administrators. A buyer is being sought for the business.
Chris Laverty, joint administrator and restructuring partner at KPMG, commented: “Like many retailers Peacocks has suffered from tough economic conditions, which have seen its customers reduce their spending on the high street. This factor, combined with a surplus of stores and high overheads, led to the business becoming financially unviable in its current form.”
Richard Fleming, joint administrator and UK Head of Restructuring at KPMG, added:“We are actively seeking a buyer for the 611 stores and 49 concessions and encourage interested parties to get in touch.”
Further updates will be provided.
Interested parties should contact David McCorquodale at KPMG on 0131 527 6718 or Rob Baxter at KPMG on 020 7311 8246;
The administrators have set up a general query email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, a number will be made available shortly;
More detailed information for stakeholders, such as landlords, employees and creditors, is available at www.peacocks.co.uk.
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