Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s Days Department Store in Wales to close down

Days Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group Philip Day closure
The date of the store's final closure remains uncertain. (Image: Facebook.com)
// Days Department Store in Carmarthen, Wales prepares to shut down permanently
// The department store stocks products from the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group stable of retailers
// It re-opened when other non-essential stores in Wales were allowed to reopen on November 9

Philip Day’s eponymous business Days Department Store is reportedly preparing to close down its store in Carmarthen, Wales.

The department store, owned by Day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM Group), had first opened to the Welsh public in 2017 in a former BHS site in Guildhall Square, Carmarthen.

It stocks products from EWM Group retail brands, including Peacocks, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Ponden Home, Jane Norman, Jaeger and Austin Reed.

READ MORE: Edinburgh Woollen Mill: What went wrong?

The department store reopened when other non-essential stores in Wales were given the go ahead to open their doors on November 9, after a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown.

The date of the store’s final closure remains uncertain, Drapers reported.

Earlier this month, EWM Group’s eponymous Edinburgh Woollen Mill chain and homeware retailer Ponden Homes collapsed into administration.

The business blamed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the decreasing sales and footfall.

The group permanently closed 56 Edinburgh Woollen Mill stores along with eight Ponden Home shops.

As a result, 750 roles at Edinburgh Woollen Mill were made redundant, and 116 at Ponden Homes.

The remaining 328 Edinburgh Woollen Mill and 65 Ponden Home stores will continue to trade, Covid-19 restrictions permitting, while a buyer is sought.

Administrator FRP Advisory said it would continue to seek buyers for both businesses.

On November 19, a creditor extension deadline for the chain’s Peacocks and Jaeger brands will come to an end, which means that if the group fails to find a buyer or secure more cash, it will be forced to formally appoint administrators, putting more than 21,500 jobs at risk.

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  1. He supposedly bought a few stores to launch this department store including Skipton and Bedford but nothing came of it. I suspect the business has been underperforming for a while as most of its brands target a shrinking demographic.


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