Job losses as Furniture Barn in Thurrock closes

JOBS have been cut at a 50-year-old furniture retailer which called in administrators last month after the decision was taken to close three of its warehouse operations.

The Furniture Barn is a family-run business with seven stores across the Midlands, South Yorkshire and one in Thurrock.

The company appointed insolvency specialists from FRP Advisory last month who had been seeking a buyer for the business, but have now confirmed that warehouses in West Bromwich, Doncaster and Thurrock have closed.

Its Corby operation will remain open but will be reduced, while capacity will also be cut at its Market Harborough storage facility. The measures have led to the loss of 45 jobs.

FRP has granted a six month operating licence to newco The Furniture Barn 2016 Ltd, which is led by directors Nigel Hickman, a former director of Furniture Barn Market Harborough, and Terry Maywood.

Stores in Sutton Coldfield and Thurrock will also be closed by the end of February, resulting in 14 redundancies.

The Furniture Barn also has stores in Market Harborough, Grantham, Sheffield, Sutton Coldfield and Kidderminster.

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