Management buyout bid for Peacocks could save 4,908 jobs – the full list of Sussex stores

A management buyout bid has been submitted for Peacocks and could save thousands of jobs.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 11:48 am
Updated Friday, 4th December 2020, 12:14 pm

The fashion retailer went into administration last month, putting more than 4,700 jobs at risk and 500 shops at risk of permanent closure.

If the bid is successful, it could save 4,908 jobs from redundancy.

There are Peacocks stores in:

Peacocks in High Street, Littlehampton. Picture: Google Street View

Worthing

Littlehampton

Hove

Brighton

Peacocks is situated in the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven. Picture: Google Street View

Bognor Regis

Burgess Hill

Peacehaven

A spokesman for the retailer said: “The bid from a senior eCommerce manager at Peacocks Stores Ltd in conjunction with a private investor, follows the announcement on November 18, that Peacock’s parent company EWM Group had placed the company into the hands of administrators, FRP Advisory.

“The MBO proposal which sets out to purchase the full company, its employees and its stores, also promises to strengthen Peacocks digital offering with a clear plan of investment into developing the eCommerce element of the business.

“Given the proposed new owner has a strong digital background, it follows that their aim is to deliver a true omni-channel offering within the family value sector, prioritising a clear focus on good customer service.

In addition to developing its online presence, their proposal also sets out to rejuvenate the in-store experience for Peacock’s long-established, loyal customer base.”

Peacocks Stores Ltd is based in Cardiff, employs 4,908 staff and has 470 stores and concessions across the UK.

A representative from the MBO says that if their submission is successful, the company will keep its base of operations in the South Wales area and will continue to support the Welsh economy and employment.

“The MBO team is confident that with the right investment, they can drive forward innovation, bring about brand recovery and achieve a quick return to financial sustainability,” said a spokesman

“With plans for short-term investment coupled with longer-term reinvestment, they propose injecting a fresh sense of purpose into Peacocks, safeguarding its future in spite of the on-going challenges high street retailers across the UK are facing.”