Which Patisserie Valerie cafes are closing down in East Anglia?
- Credit: PA
Patisserie Valerie will keep stores in Suffolk open – but one in Essex is to close.
Cafes in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester will remain open but the branch in Chelmsford is shutting immediately.
A staff member at the Colchester branch, on Eld Lane, said: “We will be staying open for the foreseeable future, as we understand it. It’s a bit of a relief to say the least when we heard the news.”
Patisserie Valerie has just gone into administration but only 70 of its cafes will close immediately. Hopes remain that a buyer can be found for the remaining 121.
The cake chain said discussions with its lenders HSBC and Barclays to extend a standstill agreement on its debts had failed, leaving it with no option but to appoint KPMG as administrator. The move puts 3,000 jobs at risk across the country.
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Blair Nimmo, head of restructuring at KPMG and joint administrator, explained: “Our intention is to continue trading across the profitable stores, as collectively the brands have a strong presence on the high street and have proven very popular with consumers.
“At the same time, we will be seeking a buyer for the business and are hopeful of a good level of interest.
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“Unfortunately, however, we have had to take the difficult decision to close 70 stores resulting in a significant number of redundancies.
“We will be working with those affected employees, providing all support and assistance they need.”
The cake firm’s parent company Patisserie Holdings has been grappling with the fallout of an accounting fraud since October.
It said that the extent of fraud meant it was unable to renew its bank loans and did not have sufficient funding to continue trading.