Northern Ireland

Barratts shoe shops in Strabane and Belfast to close

Image caption A number of Barratts stores across the UK are to close

Shoe shops in Strabane and east Belfast are set to close as a result of difficulties at the Barratts Priceless chain.

The Bradford-based company went into administration earlier this month after a downturn in trading.

Administrators Deloitte said it was regrettable that it was unable to continue to keep all stores open.

The Barratts at the Connswater centre in east Belfast will close as will Priceless in Strabane.

The Northern Ireland stores are two of 18 Barratts Priceless shoe stores across the UK set to close on Friday, making 127 people redundant.

Daniel Butters, joint administrator and partner in Deloitte's restructuring services practice, said: "Regrettably, we have been unable to continue to trade all of the Barratts Priceless Group stores and have had to make 127 employees across 18 stores redundant.

"Employees in this position will be paid up until the last day of employment.

"We have provided the employees with full briefings to help them understand their position and the further support available through the Redundancy Payment Office."

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