Store closures loom as indie grocer Haldanes calls in administrators

Graham Soult

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  1. martin hallsworth says:

    arthur harris told the press that he appointed p&a partnership 93 queen street sheffield s11wf as administrator but they have denied this so all those who have lost there jobs can not claim there money they are owed

  2. IanK says:

    There’s a support forum for ex Haldanes/UGO employees been opened here. http://www.larkhall.biz/haldanes

  3. chris wright says:

    If Arthur Harris has all these other companies, he should be able to pay the staff who are losing their jobs, who have been told that they either won’t get paid or will only get one weeks pay! Most Haldane staff have small contracts, i.e. 6 hours, so that Arthur doesn’t have to pay holiday pay. Their monthly wage is made up of overtime!
    Is he going to make sure his shop staff get their full pay or not?

  4. Jack says:

    With the future of the eponymous Haldanes chain looking bleak, Harris will need to turn attention to his other companies – UGO Stores Limited, Haldanes Express Limited, Bakery Products Limited (the recently acquired Woodhead Bakery business), and the overarching Haldane Retail Group Limited – all of which are “unaffected by this development and will continue to trade as normal.”

    If the above is true then why is the UGO branded store in biddulph S-o-T closing on tuesday 14th June?

    • Graham Soult says:

      That’s interesting, Jack! I can only assume that because the Biddulph UGO was converted from a Haldanes-branded store, the lease is still in the name of Haldanes Stores Ltd, rather than UGO Stores Limited (which runs all the ex-Netto sites acquired from Asda).

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