Updated: Tuesday, 31st March 2020 @ 7:34am

Five more empty shops in Greater Manchester tonight as Jessops close all branches with immediate effect

Five more empty shops in Greater Manchester tonight as Jessops close all branches with immediate effect

By Steven Oldham

Greater Manchester’s high streets have five more empty shops tonight as camera retailer Jessops closed all branches with immediate effect. 

The firm – which went into administration on Wednesday – ceased trading this evening with the closure of 187 stores nationwide, with a loss of 1,370 jobs, including 53 in Greater Manchester. 

The sudden complete closure has come as a surprise, with administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers unable to reach new deals with suppliers to allow the company to continue trading. They warned some closures were 'inevitable' on Wednesday.

Rob Hunt, joint administrator for PwC, said: “This is an extremely sad day for Jessops and its employees.

As a consequence of the closure, Jessops is no longer able to accept returned product from customers. 

We will continue to ensure that employees are paid as they assist us during the closure." 

The chain – which began in 1935 in Leicester – had five stores across Greater Manchester – in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Stockport and the Trafford Centre. 

Jessops becomes the first retailer to fold in 2013 as trading conditions on the high street continue to be turbulent. 

In the past year, Comet and Peacocks have disappeared completely whilst many retailers including Clinton Cards and Game have been saved by new owners after falling into trouble, albeit with many store closures and job losses.

Jessops are unlikely to be the only company to fold in the early months of 2013 as consumers rein in their spending after the excesses of Christmas and New Year.

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