Major coffee chain goes underFurther gloom as Coffee Republic in administration

08 July 2009

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Well-known coffee house chain Coffee Republic has become the latest victim of the economic climate after calling in the administrators.

The 20 Coffee Republic-operated shops - 10 in London, two in Birmingham and other outlets in Hove, Bluewater, Pembridge, Worcester, Manchester, Staines, Chester, and Canterbury – are being assessed for viability by administrators KPMG.

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Hope for Coffee Republic sale

Coffee Republic’s collapse means it joins other big names that have fallen victim to the recession, including Woolworths, MFI and Zavvi. Coffee Republic warned of administration last Friday and requested its shares to be suspended, despite clearing debts of

KPMG said it was expecting ‘considerable interest in the profitable parts’ of the Coffee Republic business. 

Partner Richard Hill said: ‘We will be doing whatever we can to find a buyer for the residual business as a going concern as quickly as possible, so interested parties will have to be prepared to move fast.’

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