Newbury-based Mobile Phones Direct Limited has gone into liquidation after the company filed for a voluntary winding up order.
The online business mobilephonesdirect.co.uk is a separate business that continues to trade.
The liquidation sees all of the company’s mobile phone shops, including seven Nokia branded stores, closed.
The five Mobile Phones Direct stores were located in Bath, Camberley, Slough, Southampton and Wokingham.
Mobile Phones Direct’s seven Nokia branded stores were based at Banbury, Guildford, Newbury, Reading, Salisbury, Winchester and Manchester.
Mobile Phones Direct was set up by CEO Karl Borges in 1992. Borges is also CEO of the online business mobilephonesdirect.co.uk, which is based at the same address as the liquidated company in Newbury.
Customers contacting the closed stores are being automatically transferred to the online sales force.
Nokia’s James Kitto, who oversees the company’s retail division in the UK, told Mobile: ‘Mobile Phones Direct was a retail partner of Nokia. After some evaluation, our partner decided to close these stores.’
Borges was unavailable for comment as Mobile went to press.
Hampshire-based administrators Benedict Mackenzie have been appointed to carry out the winding up order of the company.