SHOP workers in Sunderland face an uncertain future after two high street chains ran into trouble.
Modelzone appointed Deloitte as administrators yesterday, while fashion retailer Internacionale has reportedly filed a notice to appoint Ernst & Young. Both chains have stores in The Bridges.
Based in Lancing, in West Sussex, Modelzone has 47 stores and, along with sister company Amerang Limited, employs about 400 staff.
Deloitte’s Richard Hawes said: “Modelzone has historically been profitable. However, in recent years the company entered into leases for new stores that proved to be loss making.
“This, coupled with the growth in online competition, has resulted in Modelzone generating losses over the last couple of years.”
“Amerang is a profitable business, but directors were forced to seek the appointment of administrators following the administration of Modelzone.
A spokesman for Ernst & Young said the firm was not commenting on reports linking it with Internacionale. The fashion chain has about 150 stores nationwide, including one which opened in The Bridges last year.