Europe, UK, Ireland

Spudulike closes all 37 outlets across Britain

The baked potato specialist Spudulike has closed all 37 of its branches with the loss of nearly 300 jobs, the latest in a growing list of once-familiar retail names to disappear from the high street.

Founded in 1974, the chain was popular in the 1980s and 1990s and became synonymous with the Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke creations Wayne and Waynetta Slob, who named their second child Spudulika.

The business has collapsed after failing to secure backing from landlords for a rescue restructure. 

Spudulike has branches across the UK, from Dundee in Scotland to Plymouth in Devon and London’s Oxford Street. Staff have been made redundant without back pay or holiday pay after Neil Bennett and Alex Cadwallader of Leonard Curtis were appointed as administrators of the parent company, T&G Fast Food Developments, late last week.

The company, which also trades as Fat Jackets, last month tried to restructure via an insolvency process known as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Read the full report on The Guardian here