Staple Hill discount department store The Original Factory Shop (TOFS) is facing closure at the end of the year with the loss of nine jobs.
A spokesperson for the company, which has its headquarters in Burnley, Lancashire, this week stressed that the store is not yet confirmed for closure whilst discussion with the landlord, who has served notice, remains ongoing.
TOFS has been one of the casualties of the tough retail market. Thirty-two out of it 224 stores were closed as part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) process earlier this year, with plans to secure rent reductions on the rest.
Staple Hill wasn’t on the original closure list and isn’t a store that TOFS wants to close.
The spokesperson said: “This store has been performing well. TOFS believes it plays an important part in the local Staple Hill community. So TOFS is trying to agree terms with the landlord to ensure that the store can be retained. However, a clause in the CVA enabled this landlord to serve notice on TOFS, who are therefore legally bind to engage.”
All colleagues have been notified of the fact that TOFS has been served notice and the company says it will continue to be in negotiations with the landlord and will be keeping the store team up to date with any progress.
The spokesperson said it was a great disappointment that TOFS had also had notice served by landlords at its stores in Amesbury in Wiltshire and Kirkby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
TOFS was established in 1969 and sells a wide variety of goods for all ages including clothing, footwear, cosmetics and fragrance, fashion accessories, electrical goods, housewares, home furnishings and toys.
The closest TOFS stores to us are in Shirehampton and Nailsea.