That’s the headline article on page 6 of today’s Bookseller, available in full online here.
The article gives a brief overview of the current situation and notes that, according to Usdaw’s Cherry Hamilton, more claims are “definitely on the way”.
The Brewers have declined to respond to repeated requests for comment from The Bookseller. Usdaw said that they also have not responded to the tribunal claims. “If a claim is undefended then the claimants automatically win so we could get a default judgment very quickly, ” said Hamilton.
Usdaw provide a snapshot of which shops are open:
Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Carlisle, Cardiff, Lincoln, London and Norwich are closed
Chester and Newcastle are closed but may open two days a week
Chichester, Durham, Hereford, Leicester (which is a franchise store), Truro and Winchester are open
Exeter and York will open two days a week
At Salisbury, all the store’s staff walked out this month, but future opening plans are unknown
At Sheffield, all staff members were dismissed in February, after which the store was reopened by agency staff. The shop apparently “looks empty” now but future plans are unknown
Worcester may open two days per week