Shoe outlet to remain open

JOB losses at the Barratts chain of shoe stores will not effect employees of the Dundalk outlet in the Marshes directly according to a source from the shoe chain.

JOB losses at the Barratts chain of shoe stores will not effect employees of the Dundalk outlet in the Marshes directly according to a source from the shoe chain.

An employee of Barratts told the Dundalk Democrat that the Barratt’s store in Dundalk would not be closing as part of the job losses.

Barratts announced that 36 jobs would be lost as the store closed it Irish concessions. Concessions are outlets within larger stores such as department stores.

Barratts had one concession outlet, which was in Dorothy Perkins, which is also in the Marshes Shopping Centre.

This concession is now discontinued, with no effect on employment at this unrelated shoe chain. The closures are part of wider measures across the UK-based Barratts Priceless Group, which is in administration.

Daniel Butters, Neville Kahn and Adrian Berry, partners at business consultants Deloitte, were appointed joint administrators over the Barratts Priceless Group earlier last month. “Barratts and Priceless Shoes have faced a downturn in trading as a result of the difficult economic conditions,” said Mr Butters. “This has been exacerbated by the unseasonably mild weather in recent weeks, which resulted in fewer sales across new winter lines.”

It is hoped that “a significant part” of the remaining business can be rescued.