Mothercare to close 50 stores

Mothercare to axe 50 stores across the UK. Picture: Contributed
Mothercare to axe 50 stores across the UK. Picture: Contributed

The future of Falkirk’s Mothercare store is uncertain today as the company announces it is to close 50 stores.

The stores which will be affected have not yet been revealed, but the closures will result in hundreds of job losses across the company.

The closures will be carried out through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) –a move which allows companies to close loss-making shops and secure rental discounts.

Mothercare employs around 3000 people across 137 outlets all over the UK.

As part of the wide-ranging shake up Mothercare will also re-hire the chief executive it sacked just weeks ago.

Mark Newton Jones, who was given the elbow as chief executive last month, will return to the top job once again and the man that had been brought in to replace him, David Wood, will now become managing director.

As part of the restructuring, Mothercare also announced a refinancing package worth up to £113.5 million.

Chairman Clive Whiley said: “The recent financial performance of the business, impacted in particular by a large number of legacy loss-making stores within the UK estate, has resulted in an unsustainable situation for the Mothercare brand, meaning the group was in clear need of an appropriate resolution.

“These comprehensive measures provide a renewed and stable financial structure for the business and will drive a step change in Mothercare’s transformation.

“These measures provide a solid platform from which to reposition the group and begin to focus on growth, both in the UK and internationally.”