Five jobs lost as spe­cial­ist clothes shop goes bust

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

SPE­CIAL­IST cloth­ing re­tailer Spirit of the An­des in Prest­bury vil­lage has gone into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The shop, part of a small Bri­tish com­pany that has been work­ing with ar­ti­san knit­ters from Peru and Bo­livia since 1993, is one of a num­ber of branches closed af­ter fail­ing to make a profit.

The com­pany’s high qual­ity knitwear and nightwear was sold in shops in the UK, Ire­land, the Nether­lands, Den­mark and Ja­pan.

Daryl War­wick of Armstrong Wat­son, ap­pointed joint ad­min­is­tra­tor with Mark Ran­son from the same com­pany, said the clo­sure took place af­ter sev­eral years of losses.

He said: “The busi­ness failed fol­low­ing a num­ber of years of loss-mak­ing trad­ing, par­tially brought about due to be­ing com­mit­ted to prop­erty leases on loss-mak­ing shops.”

He added: “To date there have been a to­tal of 54 re­dun­dan­cies, of which five were based at the Prest­bury shop, which closed in the week of July 27.”

The com­pany was un­able to of­fer al­ter­na­tive em­ploy­ment to those made re­dun­dant.

The com­pany had other branches in Bakewell, Lud­low, Hornby in Lan­cashire, Hay-On-Wye, Oakham, Laven­ham, Bath, Sherborne, Al­res­ford and Amer­sham.

Com­ment­ing on the clo­sure, Chris­tine Mus­grove, vice-chair­man of Prest­bury Parish Coun­cil, said: “The speed with which Spirit of the An­des closed was un­ex­pected and its demise is a great dis­ap­point­ment to lo­cals as well as devo­tees from fur­ther afield.”

She said the shop’s qual­ity mer­chan­dise and help­ful staff made a con­tri­bu­tion to the vil­lage that would be missed and said the parish coun­cil was hope­ful a new busi­ness might be at­tracted to the ‘prime lo­ca­tion’. She added: “Rein­vig­o­rat­ing the vil­lage cen­tre is at the top of the parish coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties. I am lead­ing a small work­ing group with coun­cil­lors Karen Miles and John Martin to pro­mote the vil­lage’s busi­nesses and at­trac­tions.”

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●● Spirit of the An­des had made ‘years of losses’ ac­cord­ing to ad­min­is­tra­tors

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