Monday 17 December 2018

Popular bridal store closes its doors as chain ceases trading

  

Closed down: The statement on the window of the Berketex Bridal store in Jervis Shopping Centre. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Closed down: The statement on the window of the Berketex Bridal store in Jervis Shopping Centre. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

Rachel Farrell

The sudden closure of a popular wedding dress store in Dublin has shocked brides-to-be and staff alike after it announced its last trading day earlier this week.

Berketex Bridal, a UK bridal chain with one store in Ireland in Jervis Shopping Centre, announced on Tuesday that its 12 outlets were to close with "immediate effect".

The bridal chain also had stores in major UK cities such as Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, London and Glasgow.

It's understood its Dublin store employed three full-time staff, and one part-time staff member.

Located on the upper first floor of the Jervis Shopping Centre, it is understood the store had been a favourite among Irish brides for a number of years and had received positive online reviews from customers.

According to its own website, the company had been "making wedding dreams come true" for over 50 years.

The store was shut yesterday, with a statement from the company pinned to the front of the door.

Bridal dresses from its 2019 collections were still on display inside.

A statement from Berketex Bridal said the company closed on November 13 and encouraged brides to contact its helpline for updates, through Wilson Field Limited.

"Wilson Field Limited, of the Manor House, 260 Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, S11 9PS, has been instructed to assist the company," it said.

"A notice of intention to appoint administrators over the company was filed on November 9, 2018 in the High Court of justice, Manchester.

"This provides protection for the company from the actions of its creditors meaning no enforcement action should be taken in recovery of liabilities without leave of court."

Distressing

The statement concluded with an apology from the director.

"The director of the company wishes to express his sincere apologies for the abrupt closure of the store and any subsequent inconvenience this may cause to customers of the company.

"Wilson Field Limited appreciates that this will be distressing for the customers of the company and will deal with individual queries as quickly as possible, however we anticipate a high volume of calls and therefore ask for your patience in advance."

A number of other bridal stores across the UK have offered Berketex customers a discount on their collections through the Berketex Bride Facebook page.

Irish Independent

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