Belfast Telegraph

Vodafone buys 140 Phones 4u outlets

By Graeme Evans

Nearly 900 jobs at collapsed retail chain Phones 4u have been saved after network operator Vodafone struck a deal to buy 140 stores.

There are several Phones 4u stores in Northern Ireland, but which ones will be saved in the chain won't be known until Monday.

However, administrator PwC said it had failed to prevent 628 redundancies among head office and telesales staff at Phones 4u's Staffordshire offices.

PwC is continuing talks with other parties regarding the purchase of assets and said it planned to retain a further 400 head office staff to assist with its work.

The collapse of Phones 4u affected 5,600 workers at 560 Phones 4u stores and a further 160 concession outlets.

Dixons Carphone said on Wednesday it would take on the 800 staff who worked at 160 Phones 4u sites within Currys/PC World stores.

Vodafone UK said it had decided to make an offer to buy 140 of the stores in order to accelerate its retail expansion programme and save hundreds of jobs.

Belfast Telegraph