Bare shelves at Hull's Comet stores as shoppers snap up final sale items
SHOPPERS have been flocking to Comet to take advantage of its closing down sale.
The St Andrew's Quay store proved exceptionally busy yesterday as people took advantage of the slashed prices as the liquidators look to sell off as much stock as possible.
Comet was placed into administration last week, with 200 Hull workers set to lose their jobs. Some stores across the country could close as early as next week.
Chris Capewell crossed the Humber Bridge from Barton to take advantage of the sale.
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He said: "It is sad to see any retail name go but Comet has been struggling for some time.
"I believe it is the company's customer service that has let them down in the past.
"But I have managed to make some big savings and treated myself to a new Freeview box.
"I think they will sell the stock pretty quickly."
Many shelves were bare yesterday, with almost every item reduced in price.
Raymond Jackson, of east Hull, bought a camera and hair straighteners for his wife.
He said: "I've managed to get some good prices for the stuff I have bought.
"It is a shame to see a Hull company go under like this but the customer service hasn't been good enough.
"I bought a fridge-freezer from Comet, which broke shortly afterwards but no one from the company got back to me."
Comet, which is being run by administrators Deloitte, announced the "massive stock liquidation" on its website yesterday.
Both the St Andrew's Quay and Kingswood stores have slashed prices.
The sale appears to be limited to stores, with customers unable to buy goods online.
The website currently offers only a question and answer page, store locations and confirmation that gift cards will be accepted during the sale.
But it also warns customers the company is no longer providing refunds and any goods ordered but not paid for prior to administration will not be delivered.
The sale follows suggestions that staff at the collapsed chain could have the chance to join a rival after Dixons outlined plans to take on seasonal staff.
The owner of PC World and Currys has delayed its normal Christmas recruitment drive, when it expects to take on an additional 2,000 seasonal shop staff, to offer Comet staff the chance to join the business.
Comet was placed into administration on Friday and gift vouchers for the stricken electrical retailer suspended on Saturday.
The temporary ban was lifted on Tuesday.
Deloitte has been searching for a buyer for Comet's 236 shops since last week.
A Deloitte spokesman said: "We are not commenting on market speculation about store closures."