Pumpkin Patch collapses into administration
Children's clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch is the latest victim
of the high street spending squeeze to collapse into
The young fashion chain has 36 stores across the UK, including
Fremlin Walk, Maidstone, and Bluewater. The Kent shops are
continuing to trade normally while administrators at Deloitte try
to find a buyer.
Five stores (Cambridge, Cheshire Oaks, Leeds, Swindon and
Uxbridge) have already closed with the loss of 55 jobs. Five more
have gone at the company's UK head office in Reading.
Pumpkin Patch, founded in 1990, employs 400 people in the UK. It
also has operations in Ireland and internationally, with its parent
based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Only Pumpkin Patch Limited is involved in insolvency proceedings
and the online and non-UK operations are not affected.
Joint administrator Daniel Butters said: "Pumpkin Patch Limited
has suffered as a result of the unprecedented and prolonged
downturn being experienced in the UK retail sector. We will
continue to trade the business while we explore all strategic
In addition to the store closures, five employees were made
redundant at the head office in Reading.
Pumpkin Patch follows Barratts, La Senza, Past Times, Hawkin's
Bazaar and Peacocks into administration.
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