After 26 years, legendary gay retailer Clone Zone goes into administration.

Publish Date: 16/01/2009

Clone ZoneAfter a quarter of a century in business, the legendary gay retailer Clone Zone, is reportedly the latest retailer to be hit by the current economic slump.

Clone Zone founder and director David Edwards today confirmed that Clone Zone had gone into administration.

He said that over the last six months the businesses situation had deteriorated, as a result of the value of the pound and the general depressed state of the world market.

Edwards also confirmed that Clone Zone are to be bought out by a substantial company who want to invest in and build up the company.

As part of the deal the Clone Zone stores in Manchester and Birmingham will remain open, as will the London stores in Earl's Court and Old Compton street. Clone Zone's online shop and wholesalers, remain open business as usual. It is reported that jobs at these stores are safe, and they will continue to trade under the Clone Zone name.

However, the shops in Leeds, Brighton and Bristol have closed, but Edwards is hopeful that they will reopen soon as part of a franchise deal. The Bournemouth shop has already been sold, and it is hoped that the Glasgow store will reopen soon.

Edwards commented: "Our priority was to save the company and the jobs, but this restructure became unavoidable. We would like to thank our customers for all their support and we hope that everything gets back to normal as soon as possible."

Clone Zone opened in Manchester in 1984, and has become a cornerstone of the city's gay community.

To visit Clone Zone's online shop, click here.

 

 
 
 
 
  • Paul

    Edwards commented: "Our priority was to save the company and the jobs, but this restructure became unavoidable. We would like to thank our customers for all their support and we hope that everything gets back to normal as soon as possible." What lies! His priority was to save himself, he put the company into liquidation, giving him the ability to drop people who have given him years of loyal service without paying them any redundancy or wages owed, suppliers are owed £thousands with little chance of getting either stock or payment for it. He and the co-owner set up another company months ago (Liberty Bell) with the full intention of buying back the profitable parts of the company and retrading without any debts of the old company. Don't be fooled by the statements released, this man has no morals or dignity.

  • anom

    From a lesbians point of view, i beleive that this day and age that no one should ever have a label. We dont like to be singled out by straight people, so why single them out??!! We are all equal!! There is no such thing as a straight company in adult stores. Adult stores cater for everyone, whether they be staight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans gender, cross dressers and everyone is always welcome regardless of their sexual preference.

  • Fred Clarian

    In the old phrase, "what goes around comes around", the Clone Zone founders, McCann/Orton/Edwards, have finally caught up with their past. Having cheated vendors in the '80s out of tens of thousands of dollars which they used as seed money to start their business, it seems the universe may have finally 'spanked them'

  • Chris

    I heard that as well, but ive started to shop in nice n naughty round the corner, staffs really nice, and i think one of the guys used to work for clonezone a few years ago as well, best of it is, their poppers are only a fiver a bottle and you get 3 for £10 instead of having to pay £6 in clonezone, and they do 3 for 60 on the dvds, and new titles as well, not all the old stuff that clonezone have in at the moment. i know they dodnt do the pants that clonezone do, but its great for teh porn n toys! Chris x

  • Jake Stanton

    I hear that the company has been bought by a straight group called CDL. Does that mean our money will go towards the exploitation of the pink pound by another greedy straight company? I bet they wont help out local charities and communities! I know my preference..... Drive to Brum to buy my goods from Prowler.

  • Mark

    Clonezone has a reputation for over-charging it's customers - pay to be gay! The products, such as their Flesh clothing, where shoddy and they were out of touch with their customers. The MFI of the gay world, so it's no surprise.