Wellingborough Phones 4u store to close

The Phones 4u stores in Kettering and Corby have been bought by Vodafone

The Phones 4u stores in Kettering and Corby have been bought by Vodafone

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Staff working at the Phones 4u store in Wellingborough have been told they will lose their jobs, however the stores in Kettering, Corby and Northampton will remain open after Vodafone agreed to buy them.

The Phones 4u administrators, PwC, have confirmed that a deal has been agreed with Vodafone UK which will see the mobile network firm take on 140 of the Phones 4u stores, safeguarding 887 jobs. The store in Wellingborough was not included in the deal, it employed seven staff. Five have been made redundant and two will remain in the short term to help with the closure. In total 362 Phones 4u stores are to close with the loss of more than 1,500 jobs.

Phones 4u employed six staff at its Corby store, 10 in Kettering and 11 at its Northampton store.

Rob Hunt, joint administrator and PwC partner said: “We have worked rapidly over the course of the week following our appointment to explore interest in the Phones 4u business and we are very pleased to secure a future for a significant number of stores and continued employment for 887 of the Phones 4u people. We wish the transferring employees all the best with their new employer and would like to thank all the Phones 4u staff for their support since our appointment as administrators.”