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Bishop Auckland-based Baby On Board customers to receive notices this week
A BABY equipment store which was closed without explanation is to be placed in liquidation, it was confirmed yesterday (Monday, October 7).
The pram and nursery specialists Baby On Board, in Bishop Auckland, has ceased trading after many years of selling goods online and from its showroom in Newgate Street.
The company’s website is no longer live and its Facebook page has been deactivated.
RMT Accountants and Business Advisors Ltd, based in Newcastle, which is acting on behalf of the company, confirmed yesterday that Baby on Board Ltd is to be placed in liquidation.
An RMT spokesman said that, although the financial position was not yet known, all creditors, including customers who had paid deposits for items in the store, would receive a letter this week to enable them to lodge details of their claim.
Anyone who paid deposits using a credit card may be able to claim the money back from their credit card company.
A number of customers who placed orders with the company right up until last weekend contacted The Northern Echo to express concern after their phone calls, emails and Facebook messages went unanswered last week.
Some had paid more than £1,000 for goods and others had paid hundreds of pounds over several weeks towards items.
Mother-of-two Karen Jones, from Newton Aycliffe, who is expecting twins in November with her partner Liam Shaw, said they had paid £800 towards a twin pram over the last three months.
Miss Jones, who is 28-weeks pregnant, said: “We ordered it really early because, obviously, having twins we needed to get organised as soon as possible.
“I haven’t been able to sleep since we found about this and I am feeling very emotional. I don’t know what we are going to do.”
Another mother-to-be, Naomi Waters, from Tow Law, County Durham, whose baby is now overdue, received an incomplete order last Tuesday and was told to call back later in the week for the remaining items.
Miss Waters, who has been left about £300 out of pocket, said: “I wanted to support a family run business in Bishop Auckland because so many shops are closing there.
“How someone could do something like this to pregnant women is beyond me.”
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