BREAKING: Care & Mobility to close after Simplyhealth fails to secure sale

Care and Mobility, Kenilworth. Image credit: Kenilworth Weekly News

All five Care & Mobility outlets in the UK are to shut immediately.

Parent company Simplyhealth has confirmed to AMP that its five West Midlands mobility stores under the Care & Mobility banner will not be sold and will instead be closed.

The company’s chief commercial officer, Raman Sankaran, said: “Although, we have had conversations with a number of potential purchasers we haven’t been able to secure a formal sale when taking into account customer, people and commercial considerations.

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“We have therefore decided to close the Care & Mobility stores immediately.”

The news comes just over a month after Simplyhealth closed 10 stores comprised of seven Unlimited Company outlets and three Independent Living shops and Collins Care shops.

At the time the healthcare giant said stores under the Care & Mobility brand would remain open while a possible sale of this part of the business is considered.

Simplyhealth acquired the Care & Mobility company and its six stores in March 2015. It had bought East Anglia-based Collins Care two years previously, which had been operating in the mobility market for more than 20-years.

Its most recent retail venture, The Unlimited Company, was established in 2016 and since then Simplyhealth said it has seen a shift in the requirements of customers and a wider availability of mobility products being provided by large general retailers and online providers which has “changed the future sustainability of the current proposition”.

Simplyhealth reviewed its business proposition in July after Raman Sankaran, chief commercial officer for the healthcare company, took over from managing director Matthew Main.

The similarly-named Care Plus Mobility, based in Swindon, remains very much open for business.

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