Oddbins on the brink of collapse.

29/1/2019.

Oddbins on the brink of collapse . More than 500 jobs are at risk as Oddbins faces collapse for the second time in less than ten years.

Its owner, European Food Brokers, has reportedly lined up Duff & Phelps to handle a pre-pack administration.

European Food Brokers is blaming tough conditions on the high street and economic uncertainty created by Brexit for the situation.

They said it was continuing to trade and hoped to seek a buyer.

The West Midlands-based business confirmed it had filed “a notice of intention” to appoint Duff & Phelps following a report by Sky News.

“The deterioration of the high street, combined with the continuing economic uncertainty surrounding the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, has resulted in an unsustainable, tough physical retail market,” it said.

“We will endeavour to continue to operate all stores as a going concern while options are assessed for the business, including a possible sale,” it added.

The businesses affected include Wine Cellar Trading Limited and Whittalls Wines Merchants.

Oddbins went into administration back in 2011 after HM Revenue & Customs refused to support a deal with its creditors.

EFB, which is run by businessman Raj Chatha, bought up some of the Oddbins stores at the time through its Whittalls subsidiary.

Oddbins has approximately 45 stores around the UK.

Update on 4th February 2019.

European Food Brokers (EFB), which owns brands including Oddbins and Wine Cellars, has called in administrators for its retail operation, with Duff & Phelps to run the businesses until a buyer is found. Joint administrator Phil Duffy said inflation and “deepening unease and uncertainty over Brexit” have squeezed retailers’ margins. EFB bought Oddbins when it last fell into administration in 2011. Julie Palmer at Begbies Traynor said: “Oddbins has been slipping down the pecking order for consumers as it struggled to compete with supermarkets offering a selection of discounted and premium wines.”

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