Peacock stores to close in Bexleyheath, Erith and Crayford
PUBLISHED: 10:52 24 February 2012
38 jobs will be lost when three Peacock’s stores in the Bexley area shut their doors for the last time today (Friday)
The troubled clothing store was taken over by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill last Wednesday (February 22) in a bid to save 6,000 retail jobs.
The deal saw the Scottish company take over 338 stores, 57 concessions and three distribution centres nationwide, leaving the other 224 shops to close with immediate effect.
Staff have been made redundant at the stores in Crayford Road, Crayford, Erith Riverside Shopping Centre and the Broadway in Bexleyheath.
Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce said: “It’s a very sad day for Erith because the shopping centre has become vibrant in the past 12 months and to have such a large vacant premises will be a backwards step.
“My main concern is for the staff members who will lose their jobs through no fault of their own when vacancies in Erith and Thamesmead become rarer by the week.”
Philip Day, chairman and chief executive of the Woollen Mill, said: “We hope it will be possible to save more jobs and stores from those being forced to close now due to performance issues and overhead pressures.”