Defunct mobility retailer to auction thousands of pounds of stock

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A Yorkshire-based mobility retailer which ceased trading in March is to sell off tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of mobility scooters and other equipment in Scunthorpe this week.

Hartmond Limited, which traded as The Mobility Partnership, Trade Mobility, Value Mobility and Yorkshire Mobility, entered administration earlier this year and has now closed its six shops and stopped trading online.

Its remaining stock is being auctioned off after Scunthorpe-based CJM Asset Management was instructed to sell it. The online auction, ending Wednesday, is expected to attract interest from other mobility companies as everything is being sold without reserve.

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“There could be some real bargains, particularly in respect of the higher value items such as the mobility scooters, wheelchairs and furniture that could go for half of normal retail value,” said CJM director Paul Cooper.

The auction is offering more than 300 lots including scooters which retailed at up to £4,000, as well as various accessories and spare parts, wheelchairs, rollators, trolleys, ramps, walking frames and other mobility aids.

Cooper commented: “The company was a significant player in the business with a considerable customer base but the market has become increasingly competitive in the face of the challenge from low overhead, internet-only, rivals. Deteriorating trading conditions and increasing cash pressures resulted in the directors deciding to call it a day.

“The administrators have found new operators to take over several of the stores. Meanwhile we have cleared the shops at Hedon in East Yorkshire and Milford Haven in Wales, as well as the firm’s main warehouse, which was in Hull.”

A viewing session will be held at the CJM Auction Centre on Dunlop Way in Scunthorpe today, with the auction set to close at noon on Wednesday.

The Yorkshire mobility firm started selling some of its assets in May.

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