United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

1,100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 July 2007
Employment effect (start)
6 July 2007
Foreseen end date


The Supermarket chain Kwik Save has been declared bankrupt. The firm, which employs 1,700 in the UK across 146 stores, had struggled to compete with low-cost rivals such as Aldi and Lidl, and its market share recently fell to 0.2%. 56 of the firm's stores will be saved after being purchased in a deal backed by the Irish retail entrepreneur Brendan Murtagh and the 600 staff at these outlets will keep their jobs. The 1,100 made redundant are unlikely to be paid by administrators and will have to make claims to the government for statutory redundancy pay. Many staff had worked unpaid for the last six weeks in the hope that the chain could be saved from administration. Shop workers' union Usdaw said that staff in stores earmarked for closure would be 'devastated' by the news. 'Our members will be feeling totally let down by Kwik Save,' Joanne McGuinness, the union's national officer said. 'They have shown incredible strength and resilience in trying to keep the company alive and have had to rely on handouts from relatives. Some have faced losing their homes.'


  • 6 July 2007: BBC News


Eurofound (2007), Kwik Save, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 65581, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65581.