Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

More jobs lost as Life and Style closes

Another Bangor shop has closed as the UK retail chain Life and Style owned by Elaine McPherson, entered administration.

The former chief executive of Ethel Austin had bought nearly 100 of its stores from administrators and gave it a new name, saving 1,183 jobs. She also bought the assets of sister company, homewares retailer Au Naturale.

However, the Life and Style shop in Bangor’s Flagship centre has now closed its doors and made its staff redundant after the company was handed over to administrators on June 10.

It was one of two branches in Northern Ireland.

A spokesman for the shopworkers' union Usdaw said a total of 34 stores had closed. However it is not yet known exactly how many staff in Northern Ireland have lost their jobs. Usdaw national officer John Gorle said: “We have been urging the administrators to keep all stores open while a buyer is sought but once again stores have been closed and more loyal staff made redundant with barely any notice and absolutely no consultation with their union.”

Life and Style is one of a number of shops to close in Bangor, after Woodsides and the long established men’s clothing shop Linleys.

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