Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.22 15 Oct 2020


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The Irish fashion retailer Pamela Scott is to close 12 of its 24 stores, with the loss of 104 jobs.

The company says the closures are in a bid to secure the company's future, and in response to changes in high-street trading - largely as a result of COVID-19.

However the firm says it is "confident" it will secure the jobs of the remaining 90 employees.

The shops being closed are Grafton Street, Frascati Centre, Swords and Blanchardstown in Dublin and Cork City, Limerick Crescent, Tralee, Carlow, Sligo, Dundalk, Gorey and Nenagh.

Other outlets and its online business will be unaffected by the restructuring.

Richard Barron is managing director of Pamela Scott.

He said: "It is devastating to have to close shops and in particular to have to say goodbye to so many of our employees, some of whom have been working for Pamela Scott for decades.

"Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and we feel this is the very best way of protecting not just one of Ireland's oldest and largest fashion chains, but the livelihoods of our remaining 90 employees.

"When it comes to high-street retailing in general, and fashion in particular, you have to adapt or face extinction. "

"We are confident that this restructuring will allow us to continue to bring the very best of Irish and international fashion to our Irish customer base for many years to come."

An application is being made to the High Court to have joint provisional liquidators from KPMG appointed to the business.

Gift vouchers, credit notes, loyalty cards and deposits will be unaffected by the closures.

Main image: A Pamela Scott shop on Grafton Street in Dublin in 2013. Picture by: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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