Carpetright and Poundworld put hundreds of jobs at risk

Hundreds of jobs are under threat on the British high street as Carpetright embarks on a sweeping overhaul and Poundworld lays the groundwork for store closures.
Carpetright, the under-pressure flooring retailer, has put 300 jobs at risk and plans to close 81 stores after creditors overwhelmingly backed its restructuring plans.
The group is pushing through the change as part of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which allows firms to shut loss-making stores and secure deep discounts on rents.
Overall 92 of the firm’s sites have been earmarked for closure, although 11 have already stopped trading. Rent on another 113 will be slashed under the CVA.
Efforts will be made to redeploy redundant workers to new positions at the retailer. There are currently 100 vacancies across the group.  
Chief executive Wilf Walsh said: “Receipt of creditor approval for the CVA proposal will enable us to take tough but necessary action to establish a right-sized estate of stores on economic rents, which is essential to restoring our profitability.”
The result came as the gloom engulfing the high street deepened, as it emerged that Poundworld  could axe hundreds of jobs and nearly 100 stores in response to the brutal conditions.
Carpetright and Poundworld put hundreds of jobs at risk

Poundworld is weighing up store closures as part of a restructure 

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The retail chain is also eyeing a  CVA, as it looks to reduce its 355-strong estate by a quarter.
Poundworld, which employs around 5,500 staff across the UK, is expected to lay bare its plans in the first half of May. It will appoint Deloitte to oversee the process.
The recent spell of bitter weather has piled more pressure on the retail sector, which is already struggling with waning consumer confidence, the shift to online, and escalating costs.
Hikes to the National Living wage, persistently high inflation and rising taxes sparked by last year’s business rates revaluation have squeezed margins.
West Yorkshire-based Poundworld, which also owns the Bargain Buys brand, launched in 2004 and serves more than two million customers a week. It is owned by US private equity firm TPG.
Sky News first reported that Poundworld was considering a CVA.
House of Fraser revealed last week that a CVA was among the options it was considering, while fashion chain New Look has already made swingeing cuts through the restructuring process.
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