Jones Bootmaker closes nine stores across UK


British footwear retailer Jones Bootmaker has closed nine stores following a business review.

The latest move of store closures comes after 25 locations were shut down earlier this year following winding-up orders from the company’s creditors.

Established in 1857, the high-street retailer was acquired by private equity firm Endless for £11m in March, as part of a rescue deal.

"Another ten stores operated by Jones Bootmaker are at risk of being closed due to declining sales."

Endless purchased 72 Jones stores, following which more than 800 jobs were secured.

It is not known as yet how many jobs would be affected by the latest closures.

Drapers reported that another ten stores operated by Jones Bootmaker are at risk of being closed due to declining sales.

Retail Gazette reported that a refitting scheme is also planned for Jones Bootmaker’s 63 remaining stores in the country, which is slated for completion by the end of this year.

The retailer did not disclose where the stores were closed.

The closures earlier this year, which included 25 stores and six concessions, as well as resulted in 262 job losses, were not part of the sale to Endless.

Jones Bootmaker sells shoes for men and women under its own brand name, in addition to a range of high-end brands.