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Over 100 jobs set to go at clothing retailer Pamela Scott

Provisional liquidators were appointed in the High Court today to two related companies that operate Pamela Scott shops

THE HIGH COURT has appointed provisional liquidators to two-related companies that operate 13 fashion retail stores in Ireland.

The firms are Arzac Developments Ltd which operated 10 of the Pamela Scott stores in Ireland, and Richard Alan & Co. which had operated three stores.

The two firms, which are both owned by Dublin registered Flairline Fashion Ltd. employ 104 people.

Seeking the winding up orders the firms said that in recent years they have been experiencing a challenging environment due to changes in customer shopping habits, and increases in operating costs.

However, their difficulties have been exacerbated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the firms were now insolvent and cannot continue to trade.

The Pamela Scott stores the firms operates are located in Dublin’s Grafton Street, Blanchardstown, Swords, Limerick, Tralee, Carlow, Sligo, Dundalk, Nenagh and Gorey. Richard Alan operated two stores in Dublin and one in Cork.

At the High Court today, Mr Justice David Keane appointed insolvency practitioners Eamonn Richardson and Ian Barrett of KPMG as joint provisional liquidators to Richard Alan & Co. and Arzac Developments Ltd.

The court heard that the companies sought to be liquidated after coming under pressure from landlords, changes to the wage subsidies scheme, a sustained reduction in footfall, and further restrictions expected imminently due to the increasing number of Covid-19 infections.

Represented by Ross Gorman Bl the companies say that after considering al the options available it is in the best interests of all creditors that the firms be wound up in an orderly fashion.

To accomplish that the winding up process should be overseen by experienced insolvency practitioners Richardson and Barrett, counsel said.

Both companies were reliant on Flairline for services including administration, financial and business support. The firms, counsel said, can no longer rely on these services from its shareholder and their financial situations continued to deteriorate.

The directors of Flairline are all members of the Barron family, and the company secretary is John Barron of Grove Lawn Blackrock, Co Dublin.

After appointing the provisional liquidators, the Judge made the cases returnable to a date in November.

Aodhan O Faolain
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