Winehouse director confident stores will reopen in July

13 July, 2012

The Paisley-based Winehouse chain has temporarily closed its Scottish stores over the past two weeks. Director Philip Craig said it was in the “process of revamping a selection of shops” and that the planned relaunch, originally promised for the first week of July, is still “on schedule”.

Stores began closing on June 29, with a window notice announcing that “as from next week, Winehouse will be relaunching and reintroducing your favourite products and more”.

The store in Cambeltown was the last to close its doors on July 7. The remaining three stores of the Cellar No. 1 estate, also owned by BrandInvest Group, in Glasgow, Greenock and Rothesay, have also closed.

Meanwhile, a Winehouse branch staff member, told OLN: “We have had little communication from the company since the branch doors closed."

It is understood that BrandInvestGroup has been trying to find a buyer for Winehouse since the untimely death of co-founder George MacRitchie last year.

Winehouse opened its first stores in 2010, all in former First Quench premises. In 2006 and again in 2009, the founders Craig and  MacRitchie launched fully-funded bids for all of First Quench’s Scottish stores, both of which fell at the last hurdle when First Quench withdrew.




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