Peacocks stores back in business but only half will reopen

The collapsed fashion chain Peacocks has been bought out of administration, a move that includes transferring 2,000 jobs and 200 shops.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 1:00 pm

The number means the other half of the 400 trading at the time of the chain's collapse last November will not reopen as Peacocks – but it is not yet known if the Doncaster store in Danum House on St Sepulchre Gate will be among them.

The buyers are an international consortium, led by Peacocks' former chief operating officer, Steve Simpson.

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The Danum House Peacocks store

He hopes to reopen the stores once non-essential retailers are allowed out of lockdown.

A statement from the administrators, FRP, said the collapse of the chain was due to "the devastating effects of the Covid-19 lockdown" on the business.

It added that the company hoped all 1,850 store staff, who are currently on furlough, will be able to return to work once stores reopen, along with more than 150 in head office and support.

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