Jobs lost as video store shuts doors

Blockbuster, in Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes, where jobs are set to go.
Blockbuster, in Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes, where jobs are set to go.
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A VIDEO rental store is set to close in the latest blow to the Fylde coast’s high streets.

Blockbuster has confirmed its Poulton branch will shut down with all of its staff losing their jobs as a result.

It is not known exactly how many employees at the Tithebarn Street will be made redundant, but Blockbuster confirmed an average of five employees per store at 160 shops will lose their jobs.

However, Blockbuster’s stores in Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, Fleetwood Road, Cleveleys, Cornelian Way, Marton and Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes, will remain open.

Blockbuster’s joint administrator Lee Manning said: “We have continued to review the performance of individual stores since our appointment a month ago and have concluded that further closures are necessary in order to restructure the company for sale.

“We would like to thank the company’s employees for their support and professionalism during this difficult time and we are also grateful for the continued support of customers.

“We are in discussions with a number of parties interested in purchasing all or parts of the business and will update on progress in due course.

Meanwhile jobs at clothing shop Republic, in Victoria Street, Blackpool, could be under threat after the chain announced it had been put into administration.

Around 2,500 positions are thought to be at risk at 121 different shops across the country.

Some 150 staff have already been made redundant at the company’s head office in Leeds.

Administrator Hunter Kelly said: “Republic suffered poor trading results in the autumn, and while sales picked up in December there has been a sudden and rapid decline in sales in late January.

“We will continue to trade Republic, with a view to selling the business as a going concern.

“The brand Republic is well recognised, particularly in the north.”

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