Vodafone makes town comeback

Branch of Vodafone in Sudbury which is closing down. ENGANL00120120805172112
Branch of Vodafone in Sudbury which is closing down. ENGANL00120120805172112
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After two years, Vodafone is set to return to Sudbury after buying the Phones 4U shop.

Phones 4U, in North Street, closed last week following an announcement that the company was going into administration.

A notice on the window stated: “Due to EE and Vodafone’s decision to cancel their existing contracts with Phones 4U, the shop will be closed until further notice.”

Vodafone closed its shop – also in North Street – in May 2012 with the loss of five staff.

It was one of 21 stores axed as part of a nationwide review of its stores.

But this week, Vodafone said it was approached by the Phones 4U administrator, PWC, and decided to make an offer to buy 140 of its stores, including the one in Sudbury.

It said the 900 former Phones 4U employees in the stores would keep their jobs.

A spokesman for Vodafone said it was too early to confirm any of the details, but said the company had announced its intention earlier this year to increase its UK high street presence.

PWC announced that 140 stores were going to Vodafone and 58 to EE, with 1,679 staff being made redundant.

More than 700 staff are staying on to help with the wind-down.