US landlord Vornado has suggested Philip Green and his Arcadia empire may have manipulated the results of a CVA vote by increasing its debt owed to suppliers, potentially undermining landlords’ power to block it.
Arcadia is moving fast following the approval of its CVA and it has said it will cut 170 jobs at its HQ. The company is “proposing to make some structural changes in order to support and deliver the turnaround plan.”
Tuesday’s news of an Arcadia pension fund deal seemed to suggest the group’s CVA has a chance of getting through, but a new report says a key landlord will oppose the CVA plan, leaving it on a knife edge.
Double the number of Arcadia shops expected could close with the axe to fall heavily on Miss Selfridge and Evans, the former to lose its London flagship as it can command a rich rent from other retailers.
Arcadia revealed some details of its long-rumoured CVA plan late Wednesday afternoon with an exit from its US stores and closures in the UK and Ireland that will affect 520 jobs. It will also focus more on digital.