Friday, July 12, 2013

News: Co-op Travel closes Rotherham store


Thomas Cook has closed the Rotherham branch of Ilkeston Co-op Travel on Effingham Street in Rotherham town centre.

The travel company merged with The Co-operative Travel and Midlands Co-Op to create the the UK's largest high street travel network in 2011. Earlier this year, the group announced plans to expand online and outlined proposals to close 119 of the Co-operative stores, as well as 76 Thomas Cook stores, putting 1,000 jobs at risk.

Last month's closure of Ilkeston Co-op Travel, which was part of the Midlands Co-Op, still leaves the group with a Thomas Cook branch on Effingham Street and a smaller Co-op Travel branch in All Saints' Square, which had previously been earmarked for closure.

At the time of the announcement, the TSSA travel union said that the closing of one in four stores was "self-defeating."

Rotherham is also home to an office of Co-operative Travel Management, specialising in business travel.

Another High Street name under threat from disappearing is ladies fashion retailer, Internacionale. The trade press reports that it has filed a second notice of intention to appoint administrators as it tries to line up a pre-pack deal.

Since filing the first intention to appoint administrators, the directors of Internacionale Retail Limited, the operator of 140 stores nationwide including Rotherham town centre, have established a new company Internacionale UK Limited.

The Rotherham branch, based on College Street, moved across town from the 150,000 sq ft unit now occupied by Home Bargains. The former MK1 branch was handpicked by Internacionale when MK1 went into receivership in 2009.

Internacionale continues to trade from the current 3,000 sq ft unit but it is already being advertised for lease by agents, Rees Denton.

Also closing recently was Sayas coffee shop, one of the first retailers to move into the refurbished Imperial Buildings utilising Rotherham Council's Town Centre Business Vitality Grants scheme.

Images: Co-Operative


Tom,  July 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM  

The Rotherham branch of Internacionale was bought as part of a pre-pack administration deal and continues to trade.

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