Almost 40 jobs to be lost as Seven Phones 4u stores to close across region

Phones 4u is to go into administration - placing more than 5,500 jobs at risk
Phones 4u is to go into administration - placing more than 5,500 jobs at risk

Almost 40 jobs are to be lost as seven Phones 4u stores close for good across the region, it has been announced.

But the failed company’s Fargate shop in Sheffield will be reopened as a Vodafone shop, with one unit in Meadowhall and another at the Parkgate Centre in Rotherham becoming EE stores.

Those that will close for good include the Crystal Peaks store in Sheffield, a unit in Meadowhall and shops in Effingham Street, Rotherham, Queen Street, Barnsley and Vicar Lane, Chesterfield.

In Doncaster, both the Sepulchre Gate and West Mall Phones 4u shops will not be reopening.

But staff at the Phones 4u concessions located in three Sheffield branches of Currys, plus one in Rotherham and another in Chesterfield are all to be offered jobs following a deal with Currys owner Dixons Carphone.

A total of 27 people have been made redundant immediately, with a further 12 jobs to go after the closure programme is completed.

Rob Hunt, joint administrator and PwC partner said: “It is with much regret that we have made the difficult decision to close a large number of stores.

“It is a very sad day for the staff working at those locations and our thoughts are with them.”

Vodafone is to take on 140 stores around the country, with 58 going to EE.

But it has been confirmed 362 stores are going to shut - resulting in 1,697 people being made redundant.

Phones 4u collapsed into administration after Vodafone and EE announced they would not be renewing their contracts with the company - leaving it without suppliers.

Nationally, the company had 550 standalone stores, employing more than 5,500 people.

A statement from administrators PwC said a deal has been struck for Vodafone to take on 140 stores, saving 887 jobs.

It has also been announced EE will pay £2.5 million to acquire 58 stores, preserving 359 jobs.