Uncertain times for card store

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THIRTEEN shop workers in Scarborough are facing an uncertain future after high-street chain Clinton Cards was placed into administration.

The crisis-hit firm has two shops in Scarborough – one in the Brunswick Shopping Centre and one on the corner of Westborough and Aberdeen Walk.

Both stores are currently trading, but the six staff at the Brunswick store and seven at Westborough are not sure whether their branches will stay open.

The workers are among more than 8,000 staff nationally who are currently waiting to hear their fate.

When the news broke yesterday, Clinton said it had requested for trading in its shares to be suspended with immediate effect.

It also confirmed that two of its banks had sold £35m of loans to supplier American Greetings.

While the banks had waived certain conditions for the loans, American Greetings is pressing for repayments that Clinton Cards cannot meet.

Founded in 1968, it is the UK’s biggest card retailer, operating 628 Clinton shops and 139 Birthdays stores, and employs more than 8,000 staff.

The Scarborough stores are both currently trading as normal as staff await more information.