Belfast Telegraph

Clothing retailer Blue Inc set to close 70 shops across UK but hasn't said whether Northern Ireland stores will shut

By John Mulgrew

Clothing retailer Blue Inc - which has more than a dozen stores in Northern Ireland - is shutting around 70 shops across the UK.

The company has not confirmed whether any of the stores here will be affected.

One staff member said no stores in Northern Ireland would be closing their doors as part of the cuts.

Blue Inc currently has 232 stores throughout the UK.

But despite repeated attempts, no one from the high street retailer responded to the Belfast Telegraph.

However, yesterday the firm's Twitter feed was flooded with queries from workers, asking whether their store was one of those facing the chop.

Many were told that "all staff should have been informed by their store manager and can speak with their area manager for support".

Another post from Blue Inc's Twitter account said: "The official list is yet to be confirmed with the team but some are closing this morning (Wednesday)."

Blue Inc, which is headed up by founder and chief executive Steven Cohen, expanded its Northern Ireland business with the opening of six new spots in 2012.

The retailer has a number of outlets in Belfast, including CastleCourt shopping centre, as well as Ballymena, Dungannon, Londonderry and Coleraine. At the time of its growth here, boss Mr Cohen said: "Our expansion programme has continued in Northern Ireland allowing us to add a further six new stores, reflecting an investment of approx £1m and the creation of more than 75 jobs."

Belfast Telegraph