In the past week since being brought in to handle the company, administrators PwC have managed to strike a deal to save the jobs of 800 staff working at Phones 4u concessions in PC World and Currys stores.
Vodafone and EE, both widely criticised over the retailer’s collapse, are set to take over a total of 198 outlets, saving 887 and 359 jobs respectively.
Despite this, PwC said that little interest remained in the remaining 362 stores, leading them to put the remaining 2,417 staff out of work. Of these, 720 have been retained for a short while to assist with the closure programme, but the remaineder have lost their jobs straight away.
Rob Hunt, joint administrator and PwC partner said: It is with much regret that we have today made the difficult decision to close a large number of stores. It is a very sad day for the staff working at those locations and our thoughts are with them. We will make every effort to help the affected staff, working with the Phones 4u HR team over the coming days to support employees.”