Courts stores stay closed after threats to staff

Threats to store staff from angry customers who have not recieved goods have prompted administrator KPMG to postpone plans to reopen furniture retailer Courts’ UK stores.

Courts put the UK business into administration at the start of the week after failing to reach agreement with its banks over funding for restructuring plans.

KPMG is talking to potential buyers for the 88 stores, and had planned to reopen them by today to continue trading the business.

However, KPMG head of corporate recovery Mick McLoughlin said: “Unfortunately, because of disturbances and aggressive incidents that have taken place in the last couple of days, perpetrated by a small minority of customers, we cannot take the risk of reopening the stores.

“We will review this situation over the coming days, but the safety and security of Courts staff is a major concern.”

Courts employees will still be paid while the stores are closed.

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