A West Midlands retailer has thrown a lifeline to customers affected by the closure of Care & Mobility’s five stores in the region.
A statement on the company’s website reads: “The Care and Mobility Shop in Short Heath has closed down. However – For personal service you can rely on visit Essington Mobility.
“We have 3 local shops at Leamore, Brownhills and at Hollybush Garden Centre. For Mobility Scooters, Stairlifts, Wheelchairs, Walking Aids Continence Products and much more.”
The business’s three stores are stepping up after Simplyhealth, Care & Mobility’s parent company, decided to close its remaining portfolio of mobility outlets rather than selling them on.
This week Simplyhealth’s chief commercial officer, Raman Sankaran, confirmed to AMP that the healthcare giant had not been able to secure a sale for Care & Mobility.
He 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.”
“We have therefore decided to close the Care & Mobility stores immediately.”
The confirmation of Care & Mobility’s closure 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.
Essington Mobility says it is “a local business for local people”. As a small business it says it is able to provide the flexibility that larger companies cannot.
It is an approved supplierto the NHS and often works in conjunction with Social Services, community health and hospital-based therapists and other healthcare professionals.
Its main areas of operation are South Staffordshire, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Cannock. It also has many customers from other areas of the West Midlands, Black Country and Birmingham.