Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said:
“We’re naturally concerned about what happens with intu and locally about what will happen with intu Potteries. It is a landmark in our city centre and we are keen to ensure it remains open. We do know it’s regarded as one of the most successful of the Intu centres across the UK and in recent years it has had significant investment which has seen the Hive eating and entertainment area open up and trade successfully in its first few years.
“It is sad news to hear intu has gone into administration, but none more so for all the staff directly affected.
“We will now be seeking fresh talks to understand what moving into administration means for the city centre and to offer help wherever we can. We will be offering our assistance to help the administrators, to ensure the markets are as least affected as possible.”
“While some assurances have been given that shopping centres will continue to trade, as a city council we are ready and prepared to support anyone who needs help with their employment situation whether they work for INTU or elsewhere across out city in terms of challenges they may face around redundancy. Our Jet team has a comprehensive support package available to support those who finds themselves facing job losses and has a proven track record during the coronavirus period.”
On Hanley Indoor Market:
“We are landlord for the market and are not anticipating any changes to the market itself which will continue trading. We will of course work closely with the administrators to ensure that there are no issues around this.”