Scottish Daily Mail

Jaeger an­nounces job losses af­ter en­ter­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion

- By Alan Shields

RE­TAIL work­ers have been dealt a ‘dev­as­tat­ing blow’ just be­fore Christ­mas as Jaeger an­nounced it will axe 103 jobs and shut 13 stores a week af­ter fall­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Around 0 in-store po­si­tions and a sim­i­lar num­ber from head of­fice and dis­tri­bu­tion will go, the fash­ion re­tailer said.

The chain was placed into ad­min­is­tra­tion last week by par­ent com­pany Ed­in­burgh Woollen Mill Group, which is owned by bil­lion­aire Philip Day.

A spokesman for the Union of Shop Dis­tribu­tive & Al­lied Work­ers (Us­daw) said: ‘This is a dev­as­tat­ing blow for the staff af­fected. It could not have come at a worse time, just be­fore Christ­mas.

‘We are pro­vid­ing our mem­bers with the sup­port and ad­vice they need. 2020 has been a ter­ri­ble year for the high street, re­tail needs a re­cov­ery plan.’

The ad­min­is­tra­tors said that Jaeger con­tin­ues to em­ploy 244 staff and op­er­ates 63 stores and con­ces­sions.

Tony Wright, joint ad­min­is­tra­tor of Jaeger Re­tail Lim­ited, said: ‘We con­tinue to hold dis­cus­sions with in­ter­ested par­ties re­gard­ing a pos­si­ble sale. Re­gret­fully, re­dun­dan­cies have been made.’

The an­nounce­ment is yet an­other blow to Scot­land’s high streets. Since lock­down be­gan in March, re­tail­ers across the coun­try have suf­fered due to coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions, which have seen non-es­sen­tial out­lets close in­def­i­nitely. Sev­eral other shops have closed as a re­sult.

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