Merry Hill Mothercare store set to avoid the axe

The under-threat Mothercare store at Merry Hill looks set to be saved after a list announcing its fate was apparently leaked online.

The document, published by Scottish consultancy firm Ditchfield Property on its Twitter feed, says the store is "not impacted".

It later said it had found the document elsewhere on Twitter, suggesting it had been leaked by someone within Mothercare. It comes after the baby care chain began cost-cutting measures after entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement on Thursday.

Around 50 of its stores nationwide are set to close their doors over the next year, with around 20 others seeking a reduction in rent from their landlords.

The CVA process enables companies that are insolvent to close loss-making shops and secure discounts on their rent so they can continue trading in an attempt to rescue the business and repay creditors.

However, according to the Ditchfield document, branches in Walsall and Stafford are among those that will shut, while its store in Worcester is on the list of those seeking to reduce its rent.

In addition to Merry Hill, stores in Stoke, Telford, Solihull and Tamworth are among those apparently unaffected.

Mothercare employs around 3,000 people at its stores nationwide. In a statement, the troubled retailer said it "could not comment on individual store closures until all staff have been informed".

A spokesman added that it "regretted having to close stores and the impact this will have on colleagues, however we had no alternative to executing a CVA".

The accuracy of the list, or whether it is subject to change, is not known.


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