Scotland business

JJB collapse costs 350 jobs in Scotland

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Image caption Four JJB shops will remain open in Scotland after being bought by Sports Direct

More than 350 jobs are being lost in Scotland following the collapse of the JJB chain of sports shops.

The firm closed 26 of its stores across Scotland on Monday, with only four units remaining open.

Nearly 2,000 more jobs are to go in other parts of the UK, with a total of 133 shops being closed.

The Sports Direct chain is to take over 20 JJB stores - fewer than had been hoped for - in a move that will save some 550 jobs across the UK.

It has also bought the JJB brand and website.

Administrators KPMG said the JJB stores that will remain open in Scotland after being bought by Sports Direct are in Glasgow's Silverburn Shopping Centre, Airdrie, Cumbernauld and Elgin were bought by SportsDirect.

Fraser Harrower, a sales advisor at JJB's Dunfermline store, told BBC Radio Scotland he had been expecting to lose his job - but was still "shellshocked" by the announcement.

He said: "At around 11:30 this morning we had two administrators walk in. They were there for all of maybe 90 seconds.

"My assistant manager came out and we were told to close the shutters and business was closed. That was it.

"There was around maybe 10 or 12 customers in the store at the time. We managed to serve those customers and the rest who tried to gain entry we just had to tell them basically that the shop was closed and we are no longer trading for business".

The Wigan-based retailer was hurt by the economic downturn and struggled to compete with Sports Direct.

Richard Fleming, the UK head of restructuring at KPMG, said: "Successive attempts to restructure the business, both financially and operationally, have not been enough to prevent the company falling into administration.

"Unfortunately a buyer could only be found for 20 stores on a going concern basis."

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