Alworths facing axe after just five months

ALWORTHS - CLOSING
ALWORTHS - CLOSING

STAFF at the Alworths store in Bellshill’s Main Street have been left fearing for their jobs - less than five months after it opened.

The store is under threat after the firm, formed by former Woolworths employees when the high street retailer went bust in 2008, went into administration earlier this month.

Insolvency specialists Leonard Curtis have been called in to try and find a buyer for the troubled chain.

Six of the 16 staff employed in the Bellshill store also worked there when it was operated by Woolworths and so now face the prospect of being made redundant for the second time in less than three years.

Signs have been put up to say that the store is closing with reductions of up to 50 per cent offered on all stock.

One worker said: “We don’t know what’s happening - we’ve not been told anything other than the company has gone into administration.

“It’s just the same situation as it was with Woolworths and all we can do is just get on with it and wait and see what happens.

The firm then went into administration on April 1.

Leonard Curtis partner Neil Bennett said that it was intended to keep all the shops open while a buyer is sought.

He said: “We are currently continuing to trade whilst we look for a suitable buyer in an effort to secure the business and safeguard.”

The Bellshill store opened in November last year and was hailed as a major boost in efforts to attract more shoppers to the town centre which suffered from a reduction in trade after Woolworths pulled out.

Bellshill councillor Harry Curran, also vice-convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s regeneration committee, said he would be asking council officials to contact both administrators and staff to see if they could offer any assistance.

Full story in April 14 edition of Bellshill Speaker