CARPETRIGHT is to close 13 stores in Scotland.

The move is part of a restructuring plan which will see the floor coverings retailer shut 92 UK shops and axe 300 jobs.

The chain said 11 stores have already stopped trading, with the rent on another 113 set to be slashed under the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposals being put to landlords.

Carpetright will seek approval from its creditors for the CVA on April 26. It said it hopes to relocate affected staff where possible.

The 13 Scottish stores closing are Ayr, Edinburgh (Leith), Falkirk, Fraserburgh, Glasgow (Great Western Road and Parkhead Forge), Greenock, two Hamilton sites, Livingston, Inverness, Renfrew and Wishaw.

Carpetright also confirmed an investor cash-call to raise around £60 million through a rights issue to put the company in a more stable financial position.

A Carpetright spokeswoman said: “We do not expect the proposed stores to close before September [this year].”