ALL 12 jobs at Elgin’s JJB Sports store have been saved as part of a major restructuring that will see the High Street business re-open as a Sports Direct enterprise.
Sports Direct has bought only 20 of JJB’s stores across the UK, closing a further 133 and creating around 2,200 redundancies.
However, JJB administrator KPMG has confirmed that Elgin will be one of four stores in Scotland saved from the closures and will re-open as Sports Direct.
Alex Beagley, a spokesman for FTI Consulting which is representing Sports Direct, told ‘The Northern Scot’ today that all of the 20 saved stores – including Elgin – will continue trading and sell-off all JJB stock.
Shoppers have formed large queues at the Elgin JJB shop throughout the day.
Mr Beagley said the Elgin store will reopen as Sports Direct "in due course", once all of the old JJB stock has been sold.
He said all of the JJB employees will transfer to the new Sports Direct store.
The only other Scottish JJB stores escaping closure are those in Airdrie, Glasgow Silverburn and Cumbernauld.
Among those ceasing trading are two shops in Aberdeen, two in Edinburgh, three in Glasgow and 18 throughout the rest of Scotland.
For more on this story, see this Friday's 'Northern Scot'