Garden centre concession goes into administration

Brantano UK shoes, which has concessions at 20+ garden centres, has gone into administration.

Some 2,000 jobs are at risk.

Administrator PwC said its website and store network would continue to trade as normal for now.

The firm, based in Coalville in Leicestershire, operates 140 stores and 60 concessions across the UK.

It was bought by Alteri Investors last October but PWC said it had "experienced difficult trading conditions" and it was placed in administration "despite sustained efforts to make the business more commercially viable".

Brantano expanded rapidly in the last two years, with garden centres such as Wyevale a big focus.

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