Redcats announce closure of Empire Stores @ end of 2008

    Taken from the union web site........i'm with this cat,and never had any probs,shame as they were good at accepting codes...maybe too good.....just thought i would add this info to HUKD.

    Shock and Disappointment as Redcats announce closure of Empire Stores
    11 January 2008

    Usdaw expresses its shock and bitter disappointment at the announcement made this morning by the French owned Company Redcats UK that they are to close the Empire Stores part of their business by the end of 2008. The impact of this announcement will be felt across the Companys three sites in Bradford and Wakefield, where up to 850 jobs could be lost.

    Val Pugh, Usdaws National Officer, said The agency home shopping sector has been in decline for a number of years and has suffered a poor Christmas trading period in line with the high street. Nevertheless, the Companys announcement this morning is bitterly disappointing.

    Empire Stores has been a household name for almost a century and a large proportion of the staff have a very long and loyal service. This is a community based business in Bradford and Wakefield and the impact of these proposals will be felt throughout the Region.

    Usdaw and Sata will begin joint consultations on Monday, 14 January 2008, when we will be in a position to interrogate the Companys business case. It will be our intention to minimise the number of job losses proposed. It is anticipated that opportunities for displaced staff may arise in other more successful parts of the Companys business and it is our intention to support our members in moves within the business wherever possible.

    John Hannett, General Secretary of Usdaw and Sata has a longstanding relationship with the members in Redcats UK and has expressed his sadness and regret at todays announcement.

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    Further development below. I don't think it's good news as Littlewoods are a **** company imho and it doesn't look like this will save any jobs, just transferring accounts, brand name and spam lists etc... :roll:

    January 28th 2008, Redcats UK announces that Littlewoods Shop Direct … January 28th 2008, Redcats UK announces that Littlewoods Shop Direct Group intends to acquire the debtor book of the Empire Stores UK business as at the end of the current season's catalogue, anticipated to be in July 2008. Separately, the group will acquire the Empire Stores brand name and customer database subject to regulatory clearance.

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