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400 jobs at risk amid Burton flagship closure

The former Burton factory in Leeds has been in operation since 1922 - most recently as a distribution centre for Arcadia stores including Dorothy Perkins and Burtons

Arcadia’s flagship Burton site is set to close, putting 400 jobs at risk amid the collapse of the fashion empire.

The former Burton factory in Leeds has been in operation since 1922 – most recently as a distribution centre for Arcadia stores including Dorothy Perkins and Burtons.

However, after more than 100 years and despite Boohoo’s purchase of the Burton brand, the facility is likely to close.

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GMB Union revealed that workers who were told of the closure will be given a consultation period beginning on 24 February, ending on 30 April when the site will shut its doors for good.

Jake O’Malley, GMB Organiser, said: “To see 400 hard-working people lose their jobs while the likes of Phillip Green and the administrators waltz off with millions is repugnant.

“A century of history and hundreds of good jobs down the pan – while Philip Green is living it up on his private yacht and the administrators pick the bones of the business clean. GMB will fight tooth and nail to make sure workers get what they deserve from this mess.”

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