Card shop staff get jobs back

Shop assistant Karen Robinson, assistant manager Diane Pickering and store manager Tina Sims at Just Cards in the former Clintons building.
Shop assistant Karen Robinson, assistant manager Diane Pickering and store manager Tina Sims at Just Cards in the former Clintons building.

A card shop manager is celebrating getting a job in the same Ilkeston store which went into administration just months ago.

Tina Sims worked at Clinton’s before the Bath Street branch closed its doors for good in June, along with more than 100 other stores across the UK.

The store re-opened as Just Cards last week and Tina was given her old job back.

“I’m really pleased to be back,” said Tina as she frantically filled the store’s shelves with stock as shoppers browsed on Thursday.

“I didn’t expect this to happen at all.

“I disappointed to lose my job but it was also kind of sad walking past and seeing another empty shop on Bath Street.”

She works alongside assistant manager Diane Pickering, who used to work at the former Birthdays card shop in the Albion Centre, which was owned by the same the firm as Clinton’s, and shop assistant Karen Robinson.

Just Cards stocks cards at fixed prices of either £2, £1.50 or two for £1 alongside wrapping paper and other gift-related items.

Carole Barnes area manager for the firm, which has branches across the UK, including one in Alfreton, said the firm may take on more staff in the future, depending on how well business goes at the store.

The Ilkeston Clinton’s was not one of the 397 stores that were purchased by an American based greetings card firm, and stayed open, including the Long Eaton store.