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‘Devastating’ Crawley’s Hollywood Bowl reaction to Government U-turn on reopening

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They were just one day away from opening, but following the latest decision by the Government everything has changed.

Now the news has thrown turmoil across the country as bowling alleys and other indoor venues are being forced to wait another two weeks.

In a statement Stephen Burns, Chief Executive of Hollywood Bowl Group:

“This is incredibly disappointing and unexpected. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that bowling is less safe than other activities which have been allowed to reopen and remain open.

We have taken every possible precaution to make sure our customers can socially distance in our spacious centres with extensive hygiene protocols in place.

To hear this news at the last minute is devastating for our team members and customers looking forward to returning.” 

Across town the announcement also caused some confusion for those wanting to visit K2 Crawley, thinking it was now closing. Everyone Active were happily able to rectify the confusion by confirming they are not closing and are open for business.

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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