20th Sep, 2019

Latest on popular Druckers cafe closing down

Harry Leach 26th Jan, 2019

POPULAR cafe Druckers in Redditch closed its doors earlier this week following the collapse of its parent chain Patisserie Valerie.

Patisserie Holdings plc went into administration after rescue talks with banks failed.

The firm’s Patisserie Valerie concession in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre’s Debenhams store has also ceased trading.

Druckers in the Kingfisher is one of the company’s 71 outlets that will close nationwide.

Blair Nimmo and David Costley-Wood from accounting firm KPMG have since been appointed as joint administrators to Patisserie Holdings plc.

KMPG said: “Our intention is to continue trading across the profitable stores, as collectively, the brands have a strong presence on the high street and have proven very popular with consumers.

“At the same time we will be seeking a buyer for the business and are hopeful of a good level of interest.”

KPMG believe 920 jobs are to be lost nationwide as a result of the closures.

Druckers has been in the Kingfisher for generations and many residents believe it was a staple part of the community.

Redditch resident Lynsley Slater worked at the Redditch branch for several years.

She said: “It was a fantastic place to work and I still know some of the staff who were there at the end.

“As a customer I’ll be sad to no longer be able to get my hands on its delicious products.”

Another resident told the Standard: “Druckers was a part of the town and I always went to Debenhams for a hot drink too.”

A Kingfisher spokesperson said: “We are sorry to see Druckers and Patisserie Valerie leave Redditch as they have been a fond favourite with our guests.

“We have a fantastic mix of coffee shops and eateries in the centre for our community to enjoy and we are continually working to ensure our guests can experience the very best.”

If anyone has ordered a product that was due to be collected at either Druckers or Patisserie Valerie it will now be delivered to the closest store available.

To find out more email supportoffice@patisserieholdings.co.uk .

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