Staff lose jobs as sports store goes into administration

Scarborough JJB store closes.Picture Richard Ponter 124007a
Scarborough JJB store closes.Picture Richard Ponter 124007a

Scarborough’s JJB Sports store in Waterhouse Lane has closed after the company went into administration.

Seven branches have closed in the region with the loss of more than 100 jobs.

Sports Direct has bought one of the retailer’s Leeds stores, saving 11 jobs, as part of a wider deal for 20 JJB Sports outlets.

However, two stores in Leeds and others in Dewsbury, Wakefield, Scarborough, Grimsby and Chesterfield have closed with the loss of 101 jobs.

Brian Green, David Costley-Wood and Richard Fleming from KPMG were appointed administrators to the three companies which make JJB Sports.

Richard Fleming, UK head of restructuring at KPMG, said: “Successive attempts to restructure the business, both financially and operationally, have not been enough to prevent the company falling into administration.

“Unfortunately a buyer could only be found for 20 stores on a going concern basis. All staff made redundant as a result of store closures have had their arrears of wages and holiday entitlements paid in full.”