STAFF at a Mold play centre arrived at work to find it was shut and its multi-millionare owner faced administration.
The Fantastic Fun House on the Bromfield Industrial Estate was closed yesterday along with its sister site in Wrexham and the Wynnstay Arms, also in Wrexham, all owned by Stephanie Booth.
More than 100 stunned guests were asked to leave the Wynnstay Arms at about 7.30am. They included the 78-strong Mansfield University Concert Choir from America who were performing at the Llangollen Eisteddfod.
The rest of the hotel chain, owned by Ms Booth under the Llangollen Hotels business portfolio, were also set to go into administration yesterday, although they’ll remain open.
A Llangollen Hotels spokesman said KPMG accountant specialists are poised to step in as administrators, adding: “Following a winding up petition issued by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, Llangollen Hotels expects to be placed in administration today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday). This has necessitated the immediate closure of leased premises as a default on rent is unavoidable.
“Staff have been sent home and told to expect a letter from KPMG advising them of their redundancy entitlements.
“All other hotels and the McLarens leisure complex in Oswestry will continue trading as normal, with all deposits and bookings safeguarded, and will continue to do so whilst the company works with KPMG to find a longer term solution.
“The largest creditor is HMRC followed closely by Stephanie Booth, who has continued to inject her personal money to ensure all staff have been paid.
“Legally none of the directors are permitted to speak to the media or any third party while this process is followed and any further information will be made by KPMG.”