Mothercare liquidates Irish operation

Published on: 18th June 2020

The move makes Mothercare the first major retail chain in Ireland to point the finger of blame squarely at Covid-19. 

Mothercare is to liquidate its 14-store Irish portfolio, after weeks of disruption caused by the coronavirus lockdowns ultimately proved too much for it to cope with.

The specialist baby and kids retailer wound up the last of its UK stores in January, following increasing competition from online and rising costs, but Mothercare Ireland – largely insulated from the challenging UK conditions and able to benefit from the healthy and fast growing Irish economy – had been able to keep trading.

However, supply chain disruption early in the year, followed by the shuttering of its 14 stores and the impact on the Irish economy, have seen the franchise take what MD Jonathan Ward has referred to as “an unprecedented hit”. In a statement, he said: “What has become clear over recent weeks is that store sales are going to continue to be seriously impacted in the short term whilst social distancing measures are in place and longer term as consumer habits permanently change.”

The move will leave 197 Mothercare Ireland employees without a job, although the retailer still operates around 1,000 franchise stores overseas. In December, Mothercare announced that it had struck a deal with Boots  to become its exclusive franchisee in the UK – but the coronavirus has also caused major setbacks to the partnership. In March, Mothercare said it was on track to finalise contractual agreements with Boots, but that “there have inevitably been some delays as a result of the operational priorities forced upon both businesses by Covid-19”. With all non-essential retailers now allowed to reopen, it remains to be seen how the deal will progress.


shoppers masks

Government backed Shop Local Week gets underway today

Rainbow Designs launches The Adventures of Paddington Toy Range

Show Off

Exclusive: Show Off Feature – Let’s do the show right here!


Exclusive: Nursery Rhyme Time – Bandai introduces CoComelon

Hammerson crowd checker tool

Hammerson announces trial of new lease approach

Moonbug grants MGA worldwide rights for Little Baby Bum

Funko releases Q2 2020 results

Friday Blog

Never mind the b*****ks… it’s the Friday Blog!

Argos top 12 toys 2020

Argos unveils its Top 12 Christmas Toys list

Spielwarenmesse will take place in January, says organiser