1/9/2009 4:24:00 PM
Virgin Mobile staff on alert after Zavvi collapse
Nearly 300 Virgin Mobile staff could be left without a
job, after Zavvi fell into administration just before Christmas.
The retailer has a total of 83 Virgin
Mobile concessions in its 92 stores. A Virgin Mobile spokesman could not confirm whether the
company’s remaining 270 staff will stay in their jobs if Zavvi fails to find a
Zavvi’s administrators closed 22 Zavvi stores
yesterday, of which five contained Virgin Mobile concessions. The Virgin Mobile
spokesman said the 11 staff in the stores have now been redeployed to Virgin
Zavvi, which was formerly Virgin Megastore, was formed
after a management buy-out of the Virgin Group division in 2007. It is the UK’s largest
It is understood that Virgin tycoon Richard Branson
still holds the lease on Zavvi’s Tottenham Court Road flagship site, as well as
another five sites. Virgin said it does not intend to bring back Virgin
Megastores and will sublet the sites.