Scarborough store shuts after firm collapses

Scenesetter'Jessops in Westborough'Picture by Neil Silk  130242'11/01/13
Scenesetter'Jessops in Westborough'Picture by Neil Silk 130242'11/01/13

The Scarborough branch of Jessops has shut its doors, only days after administrators were called in at the fallen camera chain.

The store is one of the firms 187 stores, all of which closed their doors for good at the end of trading on Friday afternoon.

Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) announced the closures this afternoon, and nationally, 1370 jobs are expected to go following the demise of the company.

Outside the Scarborough branch, in Westborough, lies several rubbish sacks. On the door is a note, informing customers of the closure, and a note advising them to visit the company website for further details.

The collapse of the company is the first major high street casualty of 2013, and comes only weeks after Comet became the latest victim of the economic downturn.

The Scarborough News’ photographer, Neil Silk, was manager of the Scarborough branch of Jessops for four years, prior to taking a role with the paper in 2003.

He said; “It’s a sad day for the town. It’s the last of the specialist camera dealers.

“I remember it in its heyday, and it was really busy.”

Neil oversaw the stores move from St Thomas Street to Westborough, and he said that the writing had been on the wall for the firm for several years.

“They just couldn’t compete with warehouses pumping out goods on the internet even with there massive buying power.”

During his time in charge, Neil said there would be around six staff working at the store. It’s not currently known how many staff were employed at the Scarborough branch.

Rob Hunt, joint administrator and partner PwC said:

“Since my appointment, we have reviewed the position of the business and held extensive discussions with suppliers around their support for ongoing trading.

“It is apparent that we cannot continue to trade and as a result we have had to make the difficult decision to begin the closure of all 187 Jessops stores at the close of business today.

“Regrettably, this will result in around 1370 job losses across the stores with further job losses likely, in due course, at the head office in Leicester.

“The stock will be collected over the coming days and returned to a central warehouse. It will be returned to suppliers if they are entitled to it. As a consequence of the closure, Jessops is no longer able to accept returned product from customers.

“This is an extremely sad day for Jessops and its employees. We are very grateful for the support we have received since our appointment and we will continue to ensure that employees are paid as they assist us during the closure.”

Updates for consumers will be available through the Jessops and PwC websites shortly at www.pwc.co.uk/Jessops