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Future unclear for Lincoln uniform shop in administration

The future of a chain uniform shop on Canwick Road in Lincoln is unclear as administrators already closed 53 branches across the UK.

John Cheatle Limited and John Cheatle (Midlands) was taken over by joint administrators Nigel Morrison and David Dunckley of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton UK LLP in April 2014.

The John Cheatle Group supplies school uniforms to over 1,200 primary and secondary schools across the UK.

A going concern sale (without an interruption in operations) of the whole business was not possible and the group’s management has only managed to save 27 out of 80 branches.

Administrators are rolling out closures from August, 2014.

The Schoolwear Solutions branch in Lincoln, where two members of staff are currently employed, is continuing to trade, however, the administrators say it’s unlikely it will continue.

Nigel Morrison of Grant Thornton said: “The Schoolware Solutions branch in Lincoln is continuing to trade although if a going concern buyer cannot be found this is unlikely to be long term.

“Since entering administration, we have continued to trade the balance of stores. A number of John Cheatle branches have since been sold and some have now been closed.

“We will continue to work with our agents to trade out the remaining stores and find buyers where possible.”