EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

First Quench

First Quench

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Nationwide


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.25 - Retail sale of beverages in specialised stores
Number Employed: 6283
Group: First Quench

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-11-2009
Planned Job Reductions min: 5928
Planned Job Reductions max: 5928
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy
Foreseen End Date: 16-12-2009

Additional Information

Off licence group First Quench has announced 5,928 job losses in over 1,100 stores UK-wide in a series of job loss announcements after the company went into administration on October 29 2009.  The stores operate under the Threshers, Wine Rack, The Local, Haddows, Bottoms Up and Victoria Wine brands, and will shut by 16 December 2009.

Administrators KPMG are in advanced talks over the sale of the business.