Comet: Jobs At Risk As Shops Face Closure
Comet's administrators have confirmed a further 125 stores will close by the end of the year if they fail to get a firm offer for the whole business.
Around 70 stores of the original 236 will remain open until the electricals retailer's remaining stock is sold, Deloitte added.
Some 5,000 jobs remain in the balance at the embattled retailer, which called in the administrators earlier this month.
Deloitte's Chris Farrington said a "small number of interested parties" remained and he hoped a positive outcome could still be achieved.
"Should any acceptable offers be received for stores we will delay the closure process," he said.
"Unfortunately, in the absence of a firm offer for the whole of the business, it has become necessary to begin making plans in case a sale is not concluded."
Stores will begin closing in December, he added.
Since Deloitte was appointed to work for the electricals chain, some 1,500 jobs have already been axed.
Last week, the entrepreneur behind Appliances Online confirmed he had tabled a bid for Comet's web-based operations - but not for the whole business.
John Roberts said he had put in a "seven-figure offer" for Comet's website, although the deal would see the business disappear from the UK's high streets.
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Bryan please do not blame immigrants for the loss of these jobs. Why do you think that immigrants get everything they want? Every single topic on here immigrants seem to get the blame. A sense of perspective is needed. People from this country have roamed the globe in search of safer and more financially secure situations.
Ha ha ha I lost my job twice due to companies folding just before xmas and both were under a labour government, it happens and yes there's plenty of jobs out there if you look hard.
Bryan Bryan Bryan. Blame game is a dangerous path of bitterness, jealousy and laziness, all topped up with a layer of ignorance.
Here we go immigrants get blame for taking jobs then if there's news about benefits they get blame for taking them too... people need to put there arguments across the right way... it's a sign of the times the high street is going down hill as people spend online rather then go into the shops... I work in retail and worry about my Job a lot. People need to shop in stores rather than online and shop locally than go further afield.
" Why do you think immigrants get everything that they want " ? Because no matter what they hear or experience, once they are here they will not budge. They are too well looked after. True, the British have roamed the world for years, on the make.but they have exploited the countries they go to, not the non-existent tax payers who were already there.
How is it the Tories fault
Shopping online is a much more pleasant experience anyway.
Lorgar. Don't you miss the banter with lovely,polite shop assistants like me
Bryan, we don't have a Tory government. And have you seriously forgotten what Gordon Brown did to this country?
@ lorgar..... each to there owt but if more people shopped in store then there's more call for retail assistants... I'm very good at my job.. I love my Job and some people in the store I work in only like to be served by me.. ya cant beat face to face service... hate these self service machines too all so the company's don't have to hire more till staff.
Katie,we said I have a laugh with some of our customers.i refuse to use self service tills keep the personal service
Very sorry that even more jobs are being lost. I feel guilty about all the internet shopping I do but the way we shop is changing. Hope the Comet workers get other jobs- good luck to them
Has anyone else noticed that comets clearance sale isn't really a sale, currys next door are matching or in most cases bettering comets prices, the liquidators are mugging us off.
They are part of the same group???
I agree, you can buy most of their sale items in other shops for a lot less. Says it all really.
stephen varga comet is owned by opcapita however currys . pc world are all owned by the dixons group which have nothing to do with comet
A great deal of the profits from online trading go abroad. A great deal of the profits from supermarkets go abroad. We do not support our indigenous businesses because we are too selfish and lazy and will use every excuse under the sun not to. But bear this in mind. Every time a job is lost it is a cost to the government in lost taxes and increased benefits. They deal with this by increasing the taxes of those in work and who own property. You get the drift. Jobs in shops are the lifeblood of those who lack qualifications but who want to work. They are disappearing at a frightening rate and they will not be replaced. These workers have no hope.
Comet, Currys, and curries Digital are selling in a competetive minefield and perhaps there is not room in the market for all of them. People will always "shop around" and often buy via the internet which in itself must have an effect on retail sales. A horrible time of the year for this to be announced. I just hope the staff who lose their jobs find something else. There is a lot of knowledge in the staff here.
Feel sorry for all the staff who will loose their jobs. I work in retail and my son and youngest daughter do as well. You never know
thats what you get for being gready, i can see why people shop online.
I hope and pray that dfs go bust in the not to distant future.Horrible company and equally horrible staff in my local store.