'Closing down' sales begin at Northern Ireland Poundworld stores
Beleaguered retailer Poundworld, which has 12 stores in Northern Ireland, has started a "closing down" sale and drafted in consultants at Hilco to kick-start stock clearances.
Administrators at Deloitte have informed staff that Hilco will "help, advise and support" staff during the process.
It comes after 100 redundancies were made in Poundworld's head office earlier this week.
In a note sent to staff, the company said: "It has been decided that stores are to commence 'closing down' sales.
"For clarity, this does not mean that store will definitely close.
"The administrators' strategy remains the same - to continue to trade the business in order to realise the stock whilst seeking to secure a sale of the business, either in whole or part.
"Please be assured that the Hilco team are very experienced retail consultants who, in many cases, have been through this process themselves."
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Hilco is considered a retail restructuring specialist. It is also buying Homebase.
Deloitte is still considering bids for Poundworld's assets, including sections of its store estate.
The retailer went into administration last week, putting a total of around 5,000 jobs at risk.
The budget chain has 335 stores, which are still operational and continue to receive stock from its distribution centre.
Announcing Poundworld's administration last week, Deloitte said the firm was hit by falling footfall, rising costs and weak consumer confidence.
TPG said putting the business into administration was a "difficult decision", and that the retailer was affected by a decline in the UK retail sector.
The news came just days after House of Fraser detailed its plans to shut 31 stores, affecting around 6,000 jobs.
Earlier this year, Toys R Us and electrical retailer Maplin also went into administration.