Clinton Cards store gets the chop

The closed down Cllintons store on King Street in Thetford.
The closed down Cllintons store on King Street in Thetford.
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SIX people in Thetford have lost their jobs after a struggling high street chain announced it was closing 76 of its stores.

Thetford’s branch of Clinton Cards, in King Street, shut on Monday after administrators wielded the axe.

The closures come after 397 stores were sold off to American firm, Lakeshore Lending Limited on June 7.

But administrators Zolfo Cooper announced last Thursday that the remaining 76 stores in its hands would close.

Peter Saville, partner at Zolfo Cooper, said: “It is with regret that we have had to take the decision to close the remaining stores.

“We are nonetheless pleased that in an extremely challenging retail environment we were able to effect the sale of almost 400 stores thus preserving something in the region of 4,500 jobs.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the employees of the former Clinton Cards business we have worked with during the administration period for their professionalism.”

Zolfo Cooper said there was ‘no interest’ in the remaining stores.

The announcement was made just days before Thetford’s Portas Pilot bid failed and leaves a gap in a central position in the town’s high street.