Please don’t close bomarché I have been shopping there for year, and I use to love the David Emmanuel range but I must admit that since he left and was replaced by Mark it’s not been as good. The new management structure which was suppose to enhance the stores and staff did just the opposite. Love their clothes and it is the only store where I can buy jeans to fit me. Please, please don’t let this wonderful store close. I love bonmarche ,im a size 10 /12 and have bought loads of clothes ,every week in bonmarche, I agree with all the comments made. I agree please don’t close Bonmarche i All so use it alot. I do hope a way can be found to preserve this brand. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. These include suppliers, which are owed £12.6 million, and HMRC, owed £1.1 million. I am a plus size 55 yr old and it is about the only place I can find pretty clothes that actually fit me, and for a good price. The staff are exceptional and will always try to order online if they can’t find my size and I also order online and collect from the shop after I have tried the garments on. Staff are approachable and always go the extra mile to make sure customers are happy. In fact I was hoping that they would open a branch on Malta. Nature of Business: Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores. How An Online B2B Marketplace Can Turn Your Post-Holiday Surplus And... White Stuff hires advisors to review store estate, Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group increases shares in Hugo Boss. She needs to be held to account for the failings of what was once a very successful business. You have entered an incorrect email address! Then she pumped money into things such as hht scanners for all the stores that were overtly expensive and have never worked along with alot of her other initiatives…. I love bonmarch they have great fashion for all ages buy lots of cloths there, I have been a customer for years but have hardly got anything since you got. Editorial: 0208 222 0503 This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. ”Based on the assumptions made in the estimated outcome statement it is currently estimated that there may be sufficient funds available to make a distribution to unsecured creditors in due course,” FRP said in an administrators report published in December. Perhaps senior managers should be instructed to wear their stock? I hope they get a buyer, we love the store. Their clothing for the mature women or women of a fuller figure fit really well better than the well known high street stores. Commercial: 07401 241 979, UK: Four Cavendish Square, Day responds by saying he will keep open his takeover offer “until further notice”. Who may lose their jobs and will struggle to pay their bills it’s not all about worrying about where to get your clothes if they close come on people, Thankyou as im one of the staff thats been made redundant after 11 years of service, It seems my social media acc has been hacked and comments allegedly made by me on 10th January are not my opinions so please ignore and hoping to find out about the hack soon thank you, Just to let everyone know on the 10th of January a comment allegedly from me was put on this page I have been told at the moment it seems my social media accounts have been hacked and I had no knowledge until today of this and it totally has nothing to do with me so please disregard the comment from 10th January thank you. Can’t be with out bonmarche. For all those that want to keep Bon Marche open put your views in writing to their head office. My local store is always pretty busy and the staff are helpful and friendly. I just know it’s one of the only shops for people of a certain age and I and a lot of my friends will be really upset if Bonmarche closes. City rules stipulates that when a shareholder’s stake goes above the 30 per cent threshold, a full takeover offer must be made. I go into my local Bon Marche store at least three times a week. Such a shame, they should not have tried to be all things to all people,” if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. Click here to sign up to Retail Gazette‘s free daily email newsletter. Specialist advisory firm FRP appointed as administrators FRP says Bonmarche would continue to trade with no immediate job losses or store closures, as it assesses options to secure its future and search for a buyer. The fabrics used became cheaper and the sizing went out the window. It’s my go-to for pretty much anything! Oh dear please dont close Bon Marche there are no other shops for over 50’s ladies to buy from. 2007: Bonmarché launches a collection with David Emanuel, the designer most famous for co-designing the Princess Diana’s wedding dress in 1981. Not only is it important to save the shops but also the wonderful friendly in-store staff and the efficient online service from Wakefield. It’s my second home..All my clothes come from this shop I’m 70 plus..Love the styles colours and layout of the store and always friendly staff..I really hope the store is saved. There are so many stores that cater for the younger woman. FRP named Peacocks as its preferred bidder. Editorial: 0208 222 0503 The administration is also a first for Philip Day, who has built a track record of successfully turning around distressed companies after acquiring them. OCTOBER: 2019: Bonmarche collapses into administration, putting around 2900 jobs at risk. He sets a deadline of July 12. Almost all of the most popular products in store no longer fit in her vision of the business and removed from the product list. The fashion retailer appointed business advisory firm FRP after falling into administration in October last year. My mum also shops there regularly even though we have completely different tastes and lifestyles, so there is something for everyone. The store situated in Old Basing Mall has confirmed the news with a closing down sale. We will not sell on your details to third parties however we may send you messages with relevant content from our partner network. My local Bon Marche has closing down notices plastered all over the windows. Please, please don’t close Bonmarché. Will be sad to see store closure. Am in panic. Absolutely correct on your comments! While Bonmarche has struggled to retain a loyal customer base, its core over-50s market is now tightening purse strings thanks to political and economical uncertainty. Retail Gazette Email Forms. I love bon marche. Nick Burchett, a fund manager at Cavendish Asset Management, said Bonmarche’s first struggles came to light after Black Friday last year. I would have liked to have browsed more, but I still have a lot of clothes from Bonmarche as I often order online but pick up in store as I don’t have to stay too long then. I Really hope it doesn’t close down as I will be lost where to buy my clothes. So old fashioned. APRIL 2019: Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group’s owner Philip Day launches takeover offer after buying 26 million shares in Bonmarche, increasing his stake in the firm to over 52.4 per cent. This was short sighted and what ultimately led to their downfall as well as the factors as mentioned in your article. Always get compliments on my clothes and nearly always am asked where I got it from. Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group owner Philip Day bought Bonmarche in July in a cut-price £5.7 million deal, despite warnings from auditor PwC that it might not continue as a business. All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. Loads of stores do that already. JULY 2019: As the deadline approached, Day was on track to delist Bonmarche and make it private after the retailer’s last major shareholder sold its stake in the company. Morroll added that “understanding a retailer’s customer demographic is essential to determining a brand and operating model investment decisions”. And I can only wear cotton. Yes a concern for cotton tshirts is high… along with the concern for how staff will pay their bills. I can’t wear Bon Marche jeans anymore. We are being neglected. Philip Day’s Peacocks owes creditors £70m, Next in pole position to buy Arcadia Group from administration, 10 British department stores that have come & gone over the years (Part III), 233 job cuts as M&S finalises Jaeger deal, Aldi hands staff New Year pay rise “to recognise their efforts”, Seasalt sales rise as it expects “higher percentage of digital sales” this year. It would be a same to see if go. This is the only store that caters for all ages and sizes and the staff are always very helpful and pleasant please keep it going E. Love Bon March will really miss my local branch if it were to close ,lovely clothing at a good price. I love Bon marche. Consultez le profil complet sur LinkedIn et découvrez les relations de Elodie, ainsi que des emplois dans des entreprises similaires. But I do buy a lot of clothes there, both online & in the Shop. I would prefer to pay more for clothes of reasonable quality, than pay the same for worse quality! As soon as Beth Butterwick left and Helen Connolly took over I could see the writing on the wall. “The chief executive recognised that ‘the model simply does not work’ in today’s climate. “Whilst Bonmarché’s target audience may not be overly concerned by its lack of social media presence, that market would be swayed by a better online offering and more of a value proposition or compelling product. I do agree that the materials that are used are not always as good today as they used to be. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Please please stay with us. “Successful retailers are the ones who have undergone fundamental operating model changes”. You have entered an incorrect email address! The policy of the top players was mushroom management. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. It will be a tragedy if she is appointed another CEO role in another business. Philip Day’s Peacocks owes creditors £70m, Next in pole position to buy Arcadia Group from administration, 10 British department stores that have come & gone over the years (Part III), 233 job cuts as M&S finalises Jaeger deal, Aldi hands staff New Year pay rise “to recognise their efforts”, Shoppers face £5 fees on fashion items as Brexit causes delays. Your new designer “Mark” However I feel the brand lost something when David Emanuel stopped designing for them and I personally have not spent as much in the last couple of years, having said this it will be very sad to lose the them from the high street. I get lots of nice compliments at work every time I wear a Bon Marche top or blouse, jeans, jacket I could go on. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. And they do need to check sizes by trying them on real people! and I don’t want them to loose there jobs. Not Bonmarche’s fault I know, but what dipstick decided to ditch the ‘inbetween sizes’, as in 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18 etc, now we only get 10-12, 14-16, 18-20 etc. Click here to sign up to Retail Gazette‘s free daily email newsletter. The business cited financial difficulties due to the coronavirus … But it didn’t move with the times. Sun European Partners were expected to sell around £50 million of shares, giving Bonmarché a market value of £130 million. Following Bonmarche’s administration, Peacocks – also owned by Day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group – tabled a bid to buy the chain and rid it of its debts and rent obligations. “Shoppers of every age are looking for more of an experience to attract them to stores and increase dwell time and Bonmarché stores lacked anything new, bold or different. Get some perspective woman, I love bonmarch its the best store to get equality clothes and at a reasonable price I buy all my clothes from there Summer and Winter and always get compliments about my clothes I would be lost with out Bonmarch and its staff they are all helpfull Also great service on line or yiu can order in store if they dont have your size in a particular item Please dont close stores as i am not the only one that would miss it terribly. Parkash Singh Chima founded Bonmarché in 1982 to “ensure mature women feel fabulous about themselves, in good quality, affordable, stylish clothing”. Yes, I agree – fabrics have deteriorated in quality these last few years, and sizing is anything but consistent. 2010: Founder Parkash Singh Chima dies after collapsing at Huddersfield’s Sikh Leisure Centre. How An Online B2B Marketplace Can Turn Your Post-Holiday Surplus And... White Stuff hires advisors to review store estate, Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group increases shares in Hugo Boss. I will miss them if they go out of business. I love the summer dresses, the jeans, the tops, the jumpers, and the coats. It just isn’t right, we love Bon Marche, we need Bon Marche! Their demographic is older and generally people of that age group don’t like constant loud piped pop music. Bonmarche first opened with a goal to “ensure mature women feel fabulous about themselves, in good quality, affordable, stylish clothing”, though that eventually fell out of style. Please don’t go Bonmarche. I would like the same styles and would not mind an increase in price to ensure the quality of the fabrics did not suffer . Went to a wedding in America. I have shopped in Bonmarche for years. The quality of the clothes is excellent and very good value for money. Chima soon buys fashion retailers Wiltex and Hartley, which had 26 indoor market locations across the north of England. JUNE 2019: Day’s holding company Spectre says it will close its offer because the future of Bonmarche remained uncertain. Lots of people are the group in the middle. Where will I buy my everyday cotton t-shirts? These cookies do not store any personal information. These are the only shops which proved all my clothing with no problems, good quality, classically fashionable, and all at a manageable price. Staff at Port Talbot store are so helpful and are always welcoming even at this difficult time. I love BM, my favourite shop for clothes – where else can we older ladies find our comfortable stretchy waisted trousers and jeans, our basic jumpers and tops, our great sales offers on things we can wear and our reasonably priced coats? 2018: Bonmarché reports 45 per cent frop in pre-tax profits to £2.3 million in the half-year to September 29, while revenue nudges up to £97.9 million from £97.8 million. Well done to you all. I do hope it can be saved because I shop there all the time. My Mother who passed away 2 years ago at 101, bought most of her clothes there, sometimes she would spend 2 hours trying stuff on, she went into the shop until she was 100 years old. BON MARCHE, department store déc. Arcadia administration update: 714 job cuts & 31 store closures. I used to buy most of my clothes at M & S being a middle aged professional, but found Bon Marches’s t shirts and casual wear to be longer and better quality! Come on, you guys, put ’em back! At the moment I am wearing size 22 but have a size 20 skirt which is fine and some styles I need a 24 but not often but to have such a difference in sizing is ridiculous. Like so many others, I have been buying most of my clothes from Bon Marche for years. “Bonmarche faced the same challenges as everyone else on the high street, but it was too slow to adapt. Sun European Partners says it will continue to run Bonmarché 230 stores but will close about 160. I think they misjudged their customers with that one. I have loads of Bon Marche shirt style blouses, long and short sleeved; and loads of Bon Marche straight line skirts with back vent. Be warned she is not fit for the role. I can’t walk past the stores without popping in and buying something. The quality and choice is great & staff are very helpful. I will be very upset if my local store closes as it is the only decent clothes shop where I live. I used to buy a lot of clothes there but no longer find the size I require easily or the style of clothes I like. Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Ponden Homes & Bonmarche have all been saved from collapse in a new secured deal. I agree totally with Joe. This was absolutely the wrong direction for Bon Marche to take. Commercial: 07401 241 979, UK: Four Cavendish Square, 1982: Chima begins selling clothing from market stalls. Grange Moor “Whilst the administrators are looking to sell the business as a going concern it is hard to see how it can sustain a future without significant change and a reduction in store numbers.”. His has been a complete disaster and is the brainchild of Helen Connoly who from my understanding has been useless at her previous jobs and roles in retail. so lets hope you find a buyer soon. I been bonmachare since my sister tell me about the shop i never stop shopping staff always say to my husband tell your wife to buy shop I used to have parcel every week I’m going to miss it. The family-owned business is sold to the Peacocks Group for £51.3 million. Day provided a loan and credit facilities to Bonmarche in August in exchange for security over its assets, meaning any buyer would have had to repay that money. Too many good shops have gone. I’ve had the odd thing from Evans but they go more for the trendy modern styles which make larger older ladies look like mutton dressed as lamb.. lately your sizing has come adrift. Size 14 too tight now and size 16 too big. A while ago Elizabeth Austin closed down and since then many shops selling reasonably priced clothes that are comfortable hard wearing but not that expensive have got less and less M&S is expensive rubbish and Primark cheap fashion trash there’s nowhere for older people to shop. Bonmarché, which has 225 stores around the country, was owned by retail tycoon Philip Day. 2011: Reports emerge that Peacocks wants to sell Bonmarché. Yes It was estimated that the process would be complete by mid-August at the latest. What about Evans (though went downhill in recent years), Yours, M & S, J.D Williams (online & by post/phone only) Seasalt Cornwall, John Lewis? Sometimes I order online and collect at my local store. I especially love your jeans and after losing 4 stone I was still able to downsize wearing your range of clothes. Bonmarche’s creditors are unlikely to retrieve the £23.9 million they are owed, as there may not be enough cash to make any distributions. I love Bonmarche. The company was founded in 1778 as a single store in London and grew to 178 locations across those countries.

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