Town’s card shop not one of those saved

Clinton Cards, Ilkeston
Clinton Cards, Ilkeston

Clinton Cards may have been saved nationwide but the future of the Ilkeston store still hangs in the balance this week.

US firm American Greetings Corporation bought 397 Clinton and Birthdays stores, including the store in Long Eaton, saving 4,500 jobs in the UK.

But the Bath Street store was one of about 350 stores which were not sold and remains with administrators Zolfo Cooper.

The first 44 of them – including the Ripley store – shut at the end of May.

While the administrators hunt for a buyer for the remaining 300 stores, it is thought they could be liquidated and the proceeds used to pay creditors, including American Greetings Corporation.

A sposkeman for Zolfo Cooper said: “Having concluded the sale of the core Clinton Cards business, the joint administrators will now focus their efforts on the store portfolio identified as part of the closure programme announced on May 16.”

He said they will ‘welcome expressions of interest for this part of the estate, as a whole or in part’.