Administrators confirm Doncaster Patisserie Valerie branch will close after cake chain goes into administration 

Patisserie Valerie in Barkers Pool, Sheffield is not on the initial list of closures
Patisserie Valerie in Barkers Pool, Sheffield is not on the initial list of closures

Cake chain Patisserie Valerie have announced that Doncaster Frenchgate is among a list of stores, concessions and other branches that are set to close after the company went into administration. 

Patisserie Valerie collapsed into administration on Tuesday after fraud was discovered in the accounts, placing thousands of jobs at risk. 

Now, bosses have revealed that the Doncaster Frenchgate branch is among a total of 71 branches across the country that will be axed first. 

Branches in both Leeds and Bradford are also set to close, however Sheffield does not appear on the list. 

The closures will result in a total of 920 redundancies across the country. 

KPMG, which was appointed on Tuesday evening, said the number consists of 27 standalone stores, 19 Druckers outlets and 25 Patisserie Valerie concessions in Debenhams, Next and at motorway service areas.

The company's bakery in Spitalfields has also closed.

The remaining 122 outlets will continue to trade while the professional services firm seeks a buyer for the business.

David Costley-Wood, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said: "Since our appointment less than 24 hours ago, we have been pleased with the level of interest we have received in the business, and so remain hopeful of achieving a positive outcome.

"In the meantime, we can reassure customers that across the remaining 122 stores, it is all but business as usual."

Prior to its collapse, the cake chain employed more than 3,000 people.

Patisserie Valerie said on Tuesday that discussions with its lenders HSBC and Barclays to extend a standstill agreement on its debts had failed, leaving it with no option but to call in corporate undertakers.

The cake firm's parent company Patisserie Holdings has been grappling with the fallout of an accounting fraud since October.

It said that the extent of fraud meant it was unable to renew its bank loans and it did not have sufficient funding to continue trading.

Chairman Luke Johnson has extended an unsecured, interest-free loan to help ensure that the January wages are paid to all staff working in the ongoing business.

Last week, Patisserie revealed KPMG had been hired to carry out a review of all options following the accounting scandal which pushed it close to collapse in 2018.

It also unveiled the "devastating" extent of irregularities in its books, which included thousands of false entries into the company's ledgers.

The firm said an initial investigation pointed to cashflow and profitability being worse than previously thought when the problem was first discovered in October.

The discovery of a black hole in the company's accounts in October last year pushed it into a full blown crisis which saw it almost cease tradin