United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Glasgow, Irvine, Lanark, Falkirk, Port Glasgow, Hamilton, Livingston, Clydebank, Clarkston, Robroyston and Ayr.
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.1 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores

251 - 306 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 October 2019
Employment effect (start)
18 October 2019
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


The Scottish department store group Watt Brothers has filed for bankruptcy and 251 people have been made redundant with immediate effect. Ten stores located across Scotland have already been closed down, but the flagship store with 55 employees in Glasgow remains open, while the administrators are looking for a buyer. However, their jobs are also at risk - unless a buyer is found, the Glasgow store will close in December 2019. A spokesperson for the administrators said that it is being worked with some local labour offices to support the affected staff.

Watt Brothers, a family-owned business, was established in 1915. The company’s difficult financial position is caused by growing challenges in the UK retail sector.



Eurofound (2019), Watt Brothers, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 99128, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/99128.