Schuhhaus Dielmann, the German footwear chain currently placed into administration after the launch of creditor protection proceedings, will close 13 stores by the end of the year. The shops operate under the names Dielmann, Dstep and Sommerkind.

In a statement, the company added that clearance sales will start in the stores and that 84 employees will be fired after a three-month notice period.

Dielmann currently runs 26 stores after the closure of a unit in the ECE Ettlinger Tor shopping center in Karlsruhe at the end of September.

The sister company Sporthaus Robert Hübner, which is also in administration, will maintain its eight stores. Both companies belong to the Dielmann group.

Dielmann is currently run by the retail expert Michael Specht and Georg Bernsau, of the law firm K&L Gates. The company is currently in talks with possible buyers of all or part of its assets.