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Finlays (North-East) Limited was recruiting right up to collapse, reveals worker
A COLLAPSED newsagent, whose closure left scores of North-East people out of work, was taking on staff just days before its closure, The Northern Echo can reveal.
Finlays (North-East) Limited, based in Whickham, near Gateshead, stopped trading last week.
Shocked members of staff say they were visited by receivers who shut its branches, leaving newspapers and magazines still on display.
William Gandy, Finlays' company director, has not responded to The Northern Echo's attempts to contact him.
However, it is understood he oversaw the recruitment of a new worker at it's Prebend Row store, in Darlington, just before the closure.
Alison Swainston, manageress at the Darlington shop, said people had no idea the firm was in any difficulty.
She said: “We had no sign at all and all worked for them for a number of years.
“We were kept in the dark and they even took on a new member of staff a week ago.
“I spoke to the company last Wednesday because our pay point machine was experiencing technical problems, and was told they were trying to sort it out. “Then the lottery went off and we couldn't order from suppliers.
“The receivers came in and closed the shop but nobody said what was happening until that point.”
The company also had shops in Peterlee and Barnard Castle, both in County Durham, and Eston, near Middlesbrough, which closed, and last year put a dozen of its 20 stores on the market in a restructure to operate with budget off licence chain Bargain Booze.
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