EIGHTEEN shops in the collapsed shoe shop chain Barratts Priceless will close before Christmas, administrators have announced.

But the firm’s store at the Kingsgate Centre in Huddersfield will continue trading.

Five Barratts and 13 Priceless stores will close on Friday with the loss of 127 jobs.

A further 43 workers at the firm’s head office in Bradford will also be made redundant.

Barratts stores set to close this week are in Kilmarnock, Darlington, Cardiff, Blackpool and Connswater, near Belfast.

The 13 Priceless stores include ones in Croydon, Durham, Oldham, Kettering, Torquay, Weymouth and Kings Lynn.

The shoe chain fell into administration earlier this month after unseasonably mild weather further exacerbated already difficult trading conditions.

Daniel Butters, joint administrator and partner in Deloitte’s restructuring services practice, said: “Regrettably, we have been unable to continue to trade all of the Barratts Priceless Group stores and have had to make 127 employees across 18 stores redundant.

“In addition, a total of 43 staff were made redundant from the head office based in Bradford.

“Employees in this position will be paid up until the last day of employment.

“We have provided the employees with full briefings to help them understand their position and the further support available through the Redundancy Payment Office.

“The administrators would like to thank all staff for their continued commitment in ensuring all existing internet orders are fulfilled and their continued hard work across the store network.

“The administrators will continue to trade the stores whilst seeking a buyer for all or parts of the business as a going concern.”

At the time it went into administration earlier this month, Barratts Priceless had 3,840 staff working in 191 stores and 371 concessions across the UK.

The company blamed its failure on difficult trading conditions made worse by recent mild weather which hit demand for winter footwear.