Bonmarché bought by UK billionaire Philip Day

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Fashion chain Bonmarché has been bought by UK billionaire Philip Day, owner of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.

The struggling retailer warned last month that trading had deteriorated, adding that it expected to lose £5-£6m this year.

The deal values the Yorkshire-based chain, which began in 1982 and now has 312 shops specialising in clothing for the over-50s, at around £5.7m.

Mr Day said he was “well positioned to secure the [chain’s] long term future”.

The businessman started his career at clothing manufacturers Coats Viyella and Wensum before eventually taking over Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Through Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Mr Day has bought several clothing chains, including discount chain Peacocks and the upmarket Austin Reed and Jaeger brands.

Mr Day has bought Bonmarché via his Dubai-based investment vehicle Spectre.

He said he could provide “advice, guidance and support to secure the long term future of the Bonmarché business, its stores and employees”.

Spectre’s statement said: “The owner of Spectre, Philip Day, has a successful track record within the retail sector, especially in turnaround and distressed situations.”


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