Dozens of staff at C&A in
Coventry are to lose their jobs after the high street clothing firm
announced it was shutting all its UK stores.
The shocked employees were
told this morning 4,800 jobs in the UK and Ireland would be lost at
The shop is the only one in
the Lower Precinct to have tried to stay open while re-development
work takes place around it.
Its closure means there will
be a huge unit available when the area is re-vitalised.
All the C&A shops remained
closed until 11am today as staff were told the bad news.
Company owners decided to
re-focus their activities in Europe following £250m losses in
Lucas Brenninkmeijer, Chief
Executive Officer said:
“This is a sad and
difficult decision for the company, C&A has been part of the
British high street for 75 years and was determined to remain so.
conditions do not allow this to happen and we now need to look to
consolidate and grow our market in mainland Europe.
“Achieving a turnaround in
the UK would involve greater cost and risk than the company is able
to bear any longer.
"Our prime concern at
this time is for our 4,800 employees in the UK and Ireland. The
company will offer generous packages that are well in excess of the
“When new tenants take
over our stores, we will encourage them to employ our existing staff
wherever possible. Training and outplacement agencies have been put
"C&A stays fully
committed to its fashion retail business and is confident that the
revised strategic positioning and related turnaround decisions will
again bring long term profitability to the company.”
The closures are expected to
take place by the end of the year. Three distribution centres are also