Jobs threat at Millets

STAFF at a Sudbury camping store will find out this month whether they will keep their jobs.

Millets in North Street could be under threat as owner Blacks Leisure is reported to be around £36million in debt and on the brink of administration having put itself up for sale last month.

Over 3,500 jobs across its 98 Blacks and 202 Millets stores could be at risk, depending on the outcome of this month’s negotiations.

A spokesman for Blacks Leisure said: “The business is up for sale, there are a number of parties interested and they will look to complete that process in January.

“The stores will continue to trade as normal while the sale process is ongoing.”

Travel giant Thomas Cook, whose Sudbury branch is also on North Street, is conducting a 90-day consultation period to close around 200 of its 1,300 travel stores across Britain after making a £398million loss in the year to September.

However, a Thomas Cook spokesman said: “We have used four criteria to determine which stores are proposed for closure - profitability, proximity to other stores in the Thomas Cook Co-operative Travel joint venture, the customer base in that area, and whether the store’s lease is up for renewal.

“We remain absolutely committed to the High Street and the Sudbury branch is not affected.”