Kettering shopping centre prepared over Internacionale administration threat

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The boss of Kettering’s Newlands Centre says it is business as usual for the time being at women’s fashion retailer Internacionale.

The firm, with 89 stores across the country, announced last month it had entered administration.

Newlands Centre manager Neil Griffin said it was business as usual from his point of view, at least for the time being, but said he would be looking to fill the unit as quickly as possible if Internacionale did go into liquidation.

He said: “We are obviously aware of the situation, and if they do finally fold we are ahead of the game.

“Rather than being reactive we are trying to be proactive.

“At the moment the doors are open and there’s lots of stuff in the store.”

In a statement in February, Bruce Cartwright, joint administrator and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said job losses and store closures would be inevitable unless a buyer could be found.