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Mothercare stores in Canterbury, Bluewater and Orpington could be saved by Kiddies Kingdom

A number of Mothercare stores - which are due to close after the firm slumped into administration - could be saved.

It has emerged independent nursery retailer Kiddies Kingdom have approached the administrators for Mothercare with a view to taking on some of the outlets.

Could any of Kent's Mothercare stores be saved by the move?
Could any of Kent's Mothercare stores be saved by the move?

It says it has made a "nine-point proposal" and is "showing a keen interest" in potentially taking over high performing stores within the UK, as well as the purchase of left of stock and retention of staff.

Mothercare is currently running closing down sales at its outlets in Canterbury, Bluewater and Orpington.

Director of Kiddies Kingdom, Mohammed Patel, said: “Kiddies Kingdom have made a proposal to the administrators and we’re currently waiting for a response.

"We are happy to take on some existing staff to minimise redundancy claims and explore the option of taking over the best performing stores across the spine of the UK."

However, KentOnline has been told no decision as to which stores should be taken over as been made.

Three Kent stores are currently facing closure
Three Kent stores are currently facing closure

It comes as part of Kiddies Kingdom's longer term plans.

Adds the director: “We are preparing an omni channel strategy for the next 10 years which includes the development of our own technology, a roll out of unique destination showrooms, and a 21st century online shopping experience.

"The key to prospering in the current climate is to look ahead, predict and plan for the future.

"Now more than ever before the market is hungry for a futuristic retailer who can fill the void Mothercare has left behind. If a retailer like this emerges, they will have an open road to be the go-to point for baby shopping. We believe we are that retailer.”

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