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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Peacocks reopens in Workington

Workington's Peacocks store will reopen tomorrow, more than two months after its sudden closure.

Peacocks Workington

The Murray Road clothes shop will open at 9am following a rescue deal by Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

It closed suddenly in February, with the loss of 13 jobs, after its parent company went bust.

More than 380 of the chain’s shops were taken over by Edinburgh Woollen Mill but the Workington branch was one of 224 stores not included in the deal.

But since then the firm, which is owned by Philip Day, of Brampton, has bought the shop.

Thirteen staff have been taken on, most of whom worked there before it closed.

Julie Williamson, who has been re-employed as assistant manager, said: “When I got the phone call last Friday to say it was reopening I was ecstatic.”

Russell Skene, regional manager, was handed the keys on Tuesday and took delivery of stock on Wednesday.

He said: “It’s been great to re-employ people who were unfortunate to be made redundant.

“We have tried to retain the Peacocks image.”

Steve Simpson, commercial director, who was born in Cockermouth, will cut a ribbon to reopen the store tomorrow.

A DJ will play in the store at about 11.30am to mark the opening.

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