Tom Powney, co-owner of family firm Briggs Shoes said… “We are always sad when we see store closures on the high street, particularly when shoe shops close. However, Hotter is known and loved by many loyal fans and we are committed to continue to supply these great quality shoes, the vast majority of which are made here in the North West in their modern factory.”
It is believed the Kendal store will close as part of the restructure. This shop was actually opened and run by the Briggs family for 13 years until Hotter withdrew the license in 2013 and ran the store themselves.
Briggs are currently promoting the “any 2 pairs for £99” offer on all Hotter shoes and also have a great range of Hotter ladies Grade A subs at 2 pairs for £50.
British footwear business Hotter Shoes intends to launch a company voluntary arrangement to cull its store portfolio from 61 shops to 15.
Hotter has also entered into redundancy consultations with “a number” of employees at its Skelmersdale head office.
Neil Johnson, chairman of Hotter’s private equity owner, Electra, said: “The need for these actions has been intensified by the consequences of the past three months of lockdown. If successful, the proposed CVA will result in fewer stores, which will secure the future of a smaller, sustainable business and will save over 350 jobs.”