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Further 36 Adams stores to close

Adams
Adams went into administration at the start of the year

A further 36 Adams Childrenswear stores are to close across the UK and Republic of Ireland, with the loss of 267 jobs, the firm's administrator has said.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said the move followed a review of the business in light of the "continued difficulties on the High Street".

PwC added that the remaining 125 Adams store would stay open while it continued efforts to sell the business.

PwC had already shut 111 of the chain's stores with the loss of 850 jobs.

Jobs had also been cut at Adams' head office in Nuneaton.

Adams went into administration at the start of the year.

'Regrettable'

"The recent job losses are regrettable, but will place the company in a stronger position whilst we explore opportunities to conclude a sale," said Rob Hunt, PwC joint administrator.

The remaining 125 Adams stores employ 1,900 people.

The latest 36 stores to close include Cameron Toll in Edinburgh, Glenrothes, Enniskillen, Newtownards, Cork, Limerick Parkway, Tralee, Huddersfield, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Bootle, Bury, Leigh, Oldman, St Helens and Birmingham.

They are joined by Erdington, Redditch, Cardiff, Pontypridd, Port Talbot, Worcester, Fareham, Jersey, Plymouth, Kettering, Dagenham, Norwich, High Wycombe, Hounslow, Weston Favel, Woking, Chatham, Croydon, Epsom, Sevenoaks, and Tonbridge.

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