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Failure of Threshers hits Dentressangle.

Norbert Dentressangle has blamed the collapse of Threshers for the proposed closure of its Dunstable depot, which has left 271 staff facing redundancy.

The depot was the hub from which all the drinks sold by First Quench Retailing--which owned the Threshers, The Local and Wine Rack fascias--were delivered.

Staff were told that work at the Dunstable depot had dried up since First Quench Retailing went into administration last month, leaving the business no choice but to close the depot.

"We continue to work closely with the administrators of First Quench Retailing and await notification from them as to how they wish the supply chain operation to proceed while they seek a buyer or buyers for the business," said a spokesman for Norbert Dentressangle.


"While these discussions are ongoing, we are not able to offer any further comment, except to say that we regret the position faced by our colleagues at Dunstable and that we will provide practical support to assist all those who may be affected, including identifying suitable vacancy opportunities across the rest of our business."

Meanwhile, 1,942 First Quench staff were made redundant last week by the group's administrator, KPMG, after it closed a further 381 stores.

Some 1,819 staff have already been axed following the closure of 373 stores earlier this month.
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Title Annotation:movers & shakers; Norbert Dentressangle
Comment:Failure of Threshers hits Dentressangle.(movers & shakers)(Norbert Dentressangle)
Author:Cripps, Peter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 28, 2009
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