No redundancy pay for off-licence staff

EXCLUSIVE by Narelle McGowan & Gemma Haigh

Staff at eight Edinburgh First Quench off-licences face redundancy without pay, leaving them with the prospect of a long fight to claim their money.

Edinburgh Napier News has learned that some of the staff, many of whom have worked for the company for up to 20 years, will not get the redundancy payments they are entitled to.

One worker said that many staff are devastated by the news and feel it is unfair they are not getting a redundancy package.

Administrators KPMG were brought in to try to save the business, but now they are planning to close dozens of branches across the country.

A First Quench spokeswoman refused to confirm that staff will be left without pay.

First Quench, who own Wine Rack, Thresher, Haddows, Bottoms Up, The Local and Victoria Wine have 219 stores across Scotland, 53 of which face closure and of the 1,300 stores in the UK they are closing 373.

During the recession, increased competition from supermarkets as well as stock problems earlier this year added to First Quench‘s problems.

The eight Edinburgh stores confirmed to be closing by a First Quench spokesperson are:

  1. Haddows, Gorgie Road
  2. Haddows, Ferry Road
  3. Thresher, Ferry Road
  4. Victoria Wine, Leith Walk
  5. Victoria Wine, Haymarket Terrace
  6. Victoria Wine, Easter Road
  7. Victoria Wine, Newington Road
  8. Victoria Wine, Davidson Mains

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