81 jobs lost at Welwyn Garden City beverage business

OVER 80 people have lost their jobs at a drinks corporation.

After it was announced last night that First Quench Retailers, situated in WGC, went in to administration, 81 workers from 256 in total at the Bessemer Road offices have been made redundant.

KPMG, the administrators, said it had not immediately closed any of First Quench’s 1,202 stores, which include Threshers, in Cole Green Lane, and Wine Rack, in Welwyn.

A spokeswoman said more redundancies could come.

“No stores have been closed immediately on appointment and there have been no redundancies of store staff but 81 redundancies have been made at head office, based in WGC.


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“Unfortunately it is likely that some store closures and further redundancies will be made. Once the administrators have assessed the viability of each store, a further communication will be announced. The joint administrators are trading the company while actively seeking a buyer for the business as a going concern.”

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