Mothercare Closing Down Sale Starts As Mamas & Papas Also Goes Into Administration

Mothercare to close all of it's stores, Mamas & Papas closes six stores with immediate effect
Mothercare Closing Down Sale Starts As Mamas & Papas Also Goes Into Administration

It's a sad week for UK retail, with the baby and child sector taking two massive hits. First Mothercare* collapsed into administration on Tuesday, and announced that all 79 of their stores will close, with the online store also marked for closure, and a loss of 2500 jobs across the UK.

Then on Friday more bad news as rival baby retailer Mamas & Papas* announced it was entering into an administration agreement, with six stores closing their doors with immediate effect.

Mothercare immediately launched a huge Closing Down Sale, both in stores and on it's website, with an 'Everything Must Go' message that saw round-the-block queues and the website crashing.

Unlike Mothercare, Mamas & Papas have found a buyer, and have entered into a 'pre-pack administration deal' that sees them continuing to trade online, and 21 stores will remain unaffected. They have however closed six stores with immediate effect, in Aberdeen, Preston, Milton Keynes, Lincoln, Leamington and Fareham. Job losses are reported as 73, with a further 54 at risk through head office restructuring.

This is a huge blow to UK retail, and our sympathies are with the 2500+ staff who are losing their jobs, and their families, at this difficult time.

FAQs

Has Mothercare gone bust?

Mothercare has entered into administration, and will close all it's UK stores and it's online UK website. The company does have overseas businesses and those will continue to trade.

Is Mothercare having a closing down sale?

Mothercare has launched a closing down sale both in stores and online, with 'Everything Must Go'. Discounts have been applied to all products, with the exclusion of concessions, third party gift cards, as well as baby milk, food and medicines. Initial discounts look to be around 10% off, though these are likely to go much higher as the closure date approaches.

Has Mamas & Papas gone bust?

Mamas & Papas have entered into an administration agreement that sees them continue to trade both online and in stores. The business is undergoing restructuring as part of the agreement, with six stores closed with immediate effect. The remaining 21 stores and the online store are still open for business.

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  • Emma L.

    I can’t fathom this, people don’t stop having babies and for baby things often we like to see them, rather than always shop online! I think it’s a shame, the excitement of walking round these shops when expecting or have a new born

    • Natasha G.

      Emma Lou The trouble is they were a lot more expensive than a lot of online companies :disappointed:

      • Helen H.

        Emma Lou they are far too expensive for new mums only the select few can afford there prices

        • Claire L.

          Emma Lou I got all my sons furniture when he was my first born from mamas and papas was all in the sale all reasonable and they did a payment plan. Very sad times. I used to only really shop in mothercare when they had a sale on as I do think they were expensive but was nice to have a look around. Haven’t since our local closed down this year. :worried:

          • Susan M.

            even on sale the prices r still dear

            • Lynda S.

              not surprised at their prices

              • Emma L.

                I agree they were quite expensive, I did prefer the sales, still ashame. We had a great baby shop in our town which was good prices, that went ages ago, nowt left now

                • Jess L.

                  d mamas and paps too :open_mouth:

                  • Louise R.

                    I think people liked to go there to try the pushchairs etc but because they were so expensive people brought the item online

                    • Gemma H.

                      Our local mothercare stopped selling clothes and lots of other items years ago. The only thing they sold were big prams and cots. Its much easier to order online and have big items delivered. I dont think mothercare moved with the times which is a shame. They are also expensive and you can buy the same items cheaper else where. Im suprised they lasted this long

                      • Samantha W.

                        yeah I saw earlier but when you read it only closing six stores. So sad all those poor people loosing their jobs xx

                        • Marianne T.

                          I’m not surprised by this - I tried to order online a few times from Mothercare ahd their online service was atrocious. Also agree, their prices x

                          • Annie E.

                            Such a shame spent so much money in this shop when I had my children xx

                            • Martin L.

                              Closing down sale with a massive 10% off....

                              • Danielle D.

                                get some bargains before it closes x

                                • Tina Z.

                                  Shame so many people losing their jobs right before Christmas

                                  • Nikki A.

                                    They are just too expensive sadly. My nan offered to buy me a new pushchair for our 2nd baby as we had a large gap between them. I was happy to use my old pushchair and had kept it just in case we had more children. It's a good thing I did, because we popped into Mothercare to have a look at other things and my nan rescinded her offer because she hadn't realised how expensive they were!

                                    • Hannah T.

                                      They're just so expensive that people tend to only shop there when sales are on. So many people buy baby stuff second hand now too. I have 3 kids under 5 and don't think I've ever bought anything from mothercare because the prices are too high.

                                      • Miranda T.

                                        Will there be any baby shops left? I still miss Adams

                                        • Fi M.

                                          Stephanie Smith not necessarily. I don’t buy any baby/children’s stuff online. It’s just that mothercare and mamas & papas priced themselves out the market.