The Percy Ingle chain of bakers has closed all its branches. We had one in the High Street where we used to live and it was excellent and very well supported, especially after Greggs became a takeaway and stopped selling bread etc.
Not sure if they are/were confined to the South of England...…..
“ Britain’s biggest shoemaker is threatened with collapse after landlords rejected its plan to close almost all of its 61 stores and pay lower rents on the remainder.
Hotter Shoes, owned by private equity firm Electra, wants to close 51 of its shops and shed 600 jobs as it pins most of its hopes on online sales in the wake of the virus.
The chain, which specialises in comfortable footwear, also wants to cut 120 jobs at its Lancashire head office and factory – where it claims to make a pair of shoes every 20 seconds – as it slashes capacity by more than half.
After landlords rejected attempts at a consensual restructuring, Hotter said it had “no alternative” but to launch a “two-stage formal insolvency process” and seek a company voluntary arrangement, which creditors and landlords will vote on next month and can be pushed through by a majority accounting for three-quarters of liabilities.
The letter from Ian Watson, chief executive, seen by The Telegraph, warns: “If the CVA proposals are not approved, the company will be placed into administration.”