Dixons Carphone said it is “surprised and disappointed” that Phones 4u’s administrator PwC said there was “limited interest” in the collapsed phone retailer’s stores.
The retailer has hit out at PwC after the administrator said a lack of interest was behind its decision to close 362 Phones 4u stores permanently, with the loss of 1,697 store staff.
Dixons Carphone added it is still keen to “acquire stores and preserve jobs, and [is] now working directly with landlords to try and make this happen as swiftly as possible”.
Dixons Carphone’s executive team headed to Phones 4u’s head office in Stoke-on-Trent today to “reach out” to 300 Phones 4u employees it believes may be interested in roles at Dixons’ headquarters.
PwC has kept on an additional 720 staff for the short term to help assist with the winding down of the retailer.
Dixons Carphone has already taken on 160 Phones 4u concessions in its Currys and PC World stores, saving about 800 jobs in the process.
EE and Vodafone, the phone companies which triggered Phones 4u’s administration after opting not to renew supply contracts with the retailer, have taken on 198 Phones 4u stores between them after agreeing terms with PwC.
PwC could not be reached for comment.