Future uncertain for Barratts in NI

Published Sunday, 27 October 2013
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The future of 15 high street Barratts shoe shops in Northern Ireland is uncertain, after reports emerged that the company may be seeking an emergency loan to pay for Christmas stock.

Future uncertain for Barratts in NI
Barratts store in Belfast city centre on Sunday. (© UTV)

Barratts has been experiencing difficulties for a while. In December 2011, two stores were closed in Strabane and Belfast.

Administrators are still trying to find a buyer for the 173 stores which remain open across the UK.

Donald McFetridge, retail analyst at the University of Ulster, said: "The impact of this is not going to be very good leading up to the Christmas period.

"Obviously it's bad news for people who are still employed in the Barratts outlets which remain open, for jobs are obviously at risk in a very volatile retail sector both here and nationally."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
shoefan in belfast wrote (459 days ago):
There is no place for this company on the high street any more. Was bound to happen
Barry in Broughshane wrote (459 days ago):
What do you expect when you ban all these parades, people's marching shoes don't wear down as quick. It's the parade commission fault!
Barry in wrote (459 days ago):
There are 15 shops, good maths UTV. There is a barratts website to check your facts out before you post.
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