Jessops closure sees eight jobs lost in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 14:28 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:28 14 January 2013
Eight jobs in Jessops in Bromley were lost after the high street giant shut its doors for the last time on Friday evening (12).
Management consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were called in as administrators last Wednesday (9) as the store blamed a significant decline in business last year for its predicament.
Jessops was founded in Leicester in 1935 and has 187 stores in the UK. It employs 2.000 staff nationwide.
Norman Bernard, of West Wickham Photographic Society, said: “It’s a sad day because there aren’t a lot of photography shops now.
“Like everything else we will have to get bits online now, the shops can’t keep up with the big websites.”
Rob Hunt, joint administrator and partner at PwC, said: “It is apparent that we cannot continue to trade and as a result we have had to make the difficult decision to begin the closure of all 187 Jessops stores.
“We are very grateful for the support we have received since our appointment and we will continue to ensure that employees are paid as they assist us during the closure.”
PwC added that at present Jessops would not honour customer vouchers or accept returned goods.
Jessops become the first high street casualty of 2013 following the likes of JJB Sports and Comet falling into administration.