UK bridal chain Berketex Bride has collapsed into administration leaving prospects 1000’s of kilos out of pocket and with out a marriage ceremony costume within the newest retail failure.
The Grantham-headquartered chain stated it had closed its doorways on Tuesday and wouldn’t be reopening, affecting about 300 individuals who had positioned orders.
The agency, which has bought marriage ceremony attire and different bridal put on for greater than 50 years, had 15 shops nationwide, together with concessions in Debenhams.
Places embody Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Chester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Bristol, Croydon, London’s West Finish, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.
Berketex, which employed about 80 folks and had annual gross sales of £1.5m, has appointed insolvency agency Wilson Discipline to handle the method.
A spokesman for Wilson Discipline stated the agency had confronted mounting money issues. “That is one other instance of the exhausting time retailers are experiencing – and the way corporations are needing to react to the calls for of various buying habits and on-line retail,” he stated.
A Fb put up supplied no info on whether or not prospects who had positioned orders would obtain a refund. They have been as an alternative suggested to name or e mail Wilson Discipline.
“The director of the corporate needs to specific his honest apologies for the abrupt closure of the shop and any subsequent inconvenience this may occasionally trigger to prospects of the corporate,” the put up said.
“Wilson Fields admire that this will probably be distressing for the purchasers of the corporate and we are going to take care of particular person queries as shortly as potential nevertheless we anticipate a excessive quantity of calls and subsequently ask in your persistence upfront.”
There was no recommendation for patrons visiting the Berketex web site on Wednesday, with a quick message as an alternative saying the location was down for “scheduled upkeep”.
Clients reacted to the information of the closure with shock and dismay. Liz Moseley commented on Fb: “I feel I’m nonetheless in shock – completely heartbroken. I’ve received by and had a affirmation from the administrator that though I paid in full in August … they by no means made my costume so I’m now with out my costume … past upset!”
One other buyer, Stephanie Redfern, stated she had put a deposit down on her “dream costume” in October. “Completely gutted and heartbroken realizing I’ve misplaced my deposit and the costume I fell in love with,” she stated.
One bride-to-be named Vicky stated on Twitter that she had misplaced £2,000 within the course of and now wanted a substitute marriage ceremony costume.