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Dorchester store set to close
10:43am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A DORCHESTER store which avoided the axe earlier this year is set to close its doors.
Dreams bed store in Weymouth Avenue will shut in the next few weeks.
It was one of the chain’s 171 stores saved in a buy-out deal in March.
Dreams PLC was placed in administration but bought by an affiliate of private investment firm Sun European Partners.
But a spokesman has confirmed the Dorchester branch is now to close.
It is believed five employees work at the branch on a business park which is also home to Currys and Halfords.
It is one of six to shut across the network. The spokesman said: “I can confirm that the store will close at the beginning of September.”
It is believed deals have been reached at other closing stores so that staff can relocate, but it is not known what is happening with staff at Dorchester.
The spokesman could not comment on how many employees would be likely to lose their jobs.
He was unable to give any other information about the closure.
An employee at the store was also unable to comment yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon the store appeared to be closed, with the doors locked and no staff.
Signs outside read that it was holding a closing down sale.
Dreams was founded in 1985 with its HQ in High Wycombe, and employs 1,675 people.
At the time of the acquisition of the stores in March, Alan Hudson, joint administrator of the company, said the ‘future of Dreams on the UK high street has been safeguarded.’
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce president Alison Moore said: “We are very sad to see the business go.
“I hope the staff can be found other jobs in the area.
“The economy in Dorchester is quite vibrant at the moment – we have got a couple of new shops opening in Brewery Square – so I am hopeful that if people want to find new jobs in town, they can.
“I understand it has been quite a difficult time for that sector.”
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