Carphone Warehouse to close Falkirk store

Falkirk’s Carphone Warehouse store is to close its doors next month.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 8:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 10:08 am

Dixons Carphone has announced plans to shut all 531 of its standalone Carphone Warehouse mobile phone stores across the country, including its Central Retail Park store.

The firm says the move is not related to the coronavirus outbreak, but was because of the changing mobile market.

As a result of the decision, the group expects to make 2900 redundancies and almost 1800 affected staff are set to take new roles elsewhere in the business.

The standalone Carphone Warehouse branch at Falkirk's Central Retail Park will close on April 3.

The group said the shops will shut on April 3 as it plans to sell mobile phones solely in its 305 combined Currys PC World stores and online across the UK.

The local outlet within Currys PC World at the retail park will not be affected.

The company said the move is “essential” to help turn around its UK mobile arm.

Alex Baldock, Carphone Warehouse group chief executive, said customers are increasingly buying from online and from its big stores which sell computers and TVs as well as mobiles.

He added: “There's never an easy time for an announcement like this, but the turbulent times ahead only underline the importance of acting now.

"We're working hard to look after those colleagues we can't find new roles for, financially and otherwise.

"We'll pay enhanced redundancy, any bonuses, honour their share awards, and help them find new jobs through an outplacement programme."