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Dove Spas at Hagley and Merry Hill under closure threat
3:04pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
THE possible closure of two beauty spas in Hagley and Brierley Hill could lead to 14 job losses.
Dove Spas in Worcester Road, Hagley, and Merry Hill Shopping Centre will shut up shop on Saturday August 17 unless a buyer is found.
The shock decision comes after the majority shareholder, Unilever, decided to pull its investment in the 16 Dove Spas across the country following a strategic review.
A Unilever spokesman said the business has now been put up for sale but due to restructuring, six of the chains - including the Merry Hill and Hagley spas - will have to be bought individually.
The Merry Hill spa, which opened five years ago, employs eight people and was “always fully booked” according to a staff member, who wished to remain anonymous.
She said the business could not carry on without the investment and added:”It was a shock, we didn’t have any idea they just came and announced it to us last month.
“The staff have been a bit upset, a lot of them have worked here for a long time. The regulars feel the same.”
The spa in Hagley employs six people, who are yet to find future employment.
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