Shoppers 'not surprised' by demise of Comet
SHOPPERS say they are not surprised that Comet, which has two stores in Gloucester, is battling against closure.
The national electrical store has fallen into administration after failing to keep up with its online competitors.
Uncertainty now remains over the future of the stores at St Oswald's Retail Park and Metz Way, which employ 27 and 15 staff respectively.
Retired Colin Eilbeck, a shopper from Podsmead, said: "We have just had a look around for a new Hoover but they are very expensive and they didn't have what we wanted.
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"I am not surprised at all that they have ended up like this."
The administrators Deloitte have been appointed and they are looking for a buyer.
They have vowed to pay 6,611 employees until a decision has been made over the fate of 236 stores across the UK.
Neville Kahn, joint administrator, said: "Comet has been battling the changing landscape of the electrical retail sector for many years.
"Our immediate priorities are to stabilise the business, fully assess its financial position, and begin an urgent process to seek a suitable buyer which would also preserve jobs."
They say that fewer people are buying expensive electrical goods because of the economic climate and online retailers are able to offer cheaper products with the big overheads of running a store.
Extended warranties are unaffected but the purchase of gift cards has been suspended and the store will not process orders for goods if they are not in stock and have to be sourced from another company.
Shopper Linda Smith, from Matson, said: "I don't have the luxury of buying expensive electricals from somewhere like Comet. I go to Cash Converter instead."
Student Nick Ledger, 17, from Cheltenham, said: "I use them for little things like memory sticks as they take forever to come online and in store you don't need to pay for delivery."
But 17-year-old Amey Pittaway, from Podsmead, said: "I have never been to Comet and never want to go. It doesn't interest me."