Paul Simon closes stores in Basildon and Rayleigh

Echo: 24 jobs lost as curtain chain closes 24 jobs lost as curtain chain closes

TWENTY-FOUR jobs are set to go after Paul Simon announced it was shutting shops in Basildon and Rayleigh.

The curtains and carpets retailer is shutting all its stores, including those at Pipps Hill, in Basildon, and the Rayleigh Weir retail park, off the A127, after administrators failed to find a buyer.

The Lakeside store was sold to Lewis’s Home Retail, along with six other branches, earlier this month.

Administrators Deloitte failed to find a buyer for the remaining 22 shops, and they will now close their doors for good within the next few weeks.

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, is confident the 14 employees from the Basildon store will not be out of work for long.

He said: “It’s very sad news and worrying for the people who work there.

“On a positive note, with Next and TK Maxx opening in our retail parks, it shows there are companies willing to open in Basildon.

“There are other opportunities in retail for the people who have lost their jobs, and hopefully the unit won’t be empty for long.”

Bargain hunters are expected to descend on the stores, with remaining stock set to be sold off in clearance sales.

Lee Manning, lead administrator, put the Paul Simon closure down to high rents and the low prices of goods. He said: “We very much regret a buyer for the remaining stores, as a going concern, could not be found.”

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3:34pm Sat 17 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Can't get the Poles to keep them open....
Can't get the Poles to keep them open.... Howard Cháse
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3:38pm Sat 17 May 14

CarnMountification says...

The workers must now Pull themselves together...and dont become blind to other avenues of work, there's always the Net
The workers must now Pull themselves together...and dont become blind to other avenues of work, there's always the Net CarnMountification
  • Score: -24

3:52pm Sat 17 May 14

Mattster says...

That's a shame, and with people losing their jobs its not that funny to make puns.
That's a shame, and with people losing their jobs its not that funny to make puns. Mattster
  • Score: 29

6:41pm Sat 17 May 14

CarnMountification says...

Thats the way the cookie crumbles, retail shops are becoming a thing of the past, cheaper to buy on-line
Thats the way the cookie crumbles, retail shops are becoming a thing of the past, cheaper to buy on-line CarnMountification
  • Score: -15

6:42pm Sat 17 May 14

blackheart says...

CarnMountification wrote:
The workers must now Pull themselves together...and dont become blind to other avenues of work, there's always the Net
Not nice, or funny.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: The workers must now Pull themselves together...and dont become blind to other avenues of work, there's always the Net[/p][/quote]Not nice, or funny. blackheart
  • Score: 11

8:19pm Sat 17 May 14

Nelly99 says...

Yeah...it's curtains and pull yourself together, draw a veil etc...very amusing but I can only speak from experience. They made the curtains that now hang in my house. Quite nice but they got the order wrong, then only delivered half of it and finally overcharged me by £100. Not in itself a disaster since curtains are curtains and whatever you may think they just hang there. BUT...eventually the cream rises and the dross sinks. So be it. I never went back.
Yeah...it's curtains and pull yourself together, draw a veil etc...very amusing but I can only speak from experience. They made the curtains that now hang in my house. Quite nice but they got the order wrong, then only delivered half of it and finally overcharged me by £100. Not in itself a disaster since curtains are curtains and whatever you may think they just hang there. BUT...eventually the cream rises and the dross sinks. So be it. I never went back. Nelly99
  • Score: 5

6:10am Sun 18 May 14

sesibollox says...

Time for these counter longers to get off their back sides, and find a real job.
Time for these counter longers to get off their back sides, and find a real job. sesibollox
  • Score: -13

6:19am Sun 18 May 14

sesibollox says...

Love seeing these retail rip offs closing, staffed by thickos, and ugly birds.
Love seeing these retail rip offs closing, staffed by thickos, and ugly birds. sesibollox
  • Score: -11

7:53am Sun 18 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Always a little sad to see a hoarded and boarded shop, but in this current climate, the urgency of needing curtains more than once every 5 years is a rarity, not surprised at all.
Always a little sad to see a hoarded and boarded shop, but in this current climate, the urgency of needing curtains more than once every 5 years is a rarity, not surprised at all. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 6

9:40am Sun 18 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

I really don't think the building design helped matters, housed in one of those budget tin sheds, would hardly attract the affluent homeowners, especially given the locality
I really don't think the building design helped matters, housed in one of those budget tin sheds, would hardly attract the affluent homeowners, especially given the locality VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 2

7:02pm Sun 18 May 14

BasildonDond says...

Gym And Steroid Lover wrote:
Mattster wrote:
That's a shame, and with people losing their jobs its not that funny to make puns.
What a load of crap. I don't work, I live my life on benefits and crime. Seems to work for me. I ain't working for £6 an hour stacking shelves for 8 hours a day. I'm not a slave.
Your parents must be so proud. Oh sorry, you probably don't know who they are because most of the time they were out on the **** or stoned while you hungout outside with ya 'mates'. Well done you.
[quote][p][bold]Gym And Steroid Lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: That's a shame, and with people losing their jobs its not that funny to make puns.[/p][/quote]What a load of crap. I don't work, I live my life on benefits and crime. Seems to work for me. I ain't working for £6 an hour stacking shelves for 8 hours a day. I'm not a slave.[/p][/quote]Your parents must be so proud. Oh sorry, you probably don't know who they are because most of the time they were out on the **** or stoned while you hungout outside with ya 'mates'. Well done you. BasildonDond
  • Score: 7

10:22am Mon 19 May 14

MilesBond says...

It's an open and shut case
It's an open and shut case MilesBond
  • Score: -4

10:49am Mon 19 May 14

pussycats says...

The Sound Of Silence .......for more shops and businesses. Sad and hard times.
The Sound Of Silence .......for more shops and businesses. Sad and hard times. pussycats
  • Score: 4

3:44pm Mon 19 May 14

Devils Advocate says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
I really don't think the building design helped matters, housed in one of those budget tin sheds, would hardly attract the affluent homeowners, especially given the locality
You giving a particular area a thumbs down probably doesn't help either!
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: I really don't think the building design helped matters, housed in one of those budget tin sheds, would hardly attract the affluent homeowners, especially given the locality[/p][/quote]You giving a particular area a thumbs down probably doesn't help either! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 0

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