MORE than 30 jobs are under threat across Wearside after the collapse of retailer Phones 4U.
The firm, which went into administration yesterday, employs 12 people in Sunderland, seven in Washington, five in Peterlee and four each in Durham and Chester-le- Street.
PwC was appointed as administrator yesterday after EE joined Vodafone in cutting ties with the firm.
Joint administrator Rob Hunt said: “This is a very sad day for the business and the many people working there.
“Our initial focus will be to quickly engage with parties who may be interested in acquiring all or part of the business, and to better understand the financial position and options for the company.
“The stores will remain closed while we have these conversations.
“We will also be talking to operators and suppliers, and trying to access funds to pay for the costs of the business, including wages.
“These conversations will determine whether we can re-open stores and trade, and also if and when we can pay the arrears of wages to employees.
“Our hope is that we will be able to pay all the outstanding wages arrears.”