Troubled department store chain BHS has revealed that any remaining open stores will close this month.
Administrators of BHS confirmed that all of its 164 store estate would close by 20 August 2016, impacting 11,000 jobs, with 30 outlets shutting up shop for the final time today, 3 August, in notable locations including Cambridge, Newcastle and Aberdeen.
So far 50 stores have closed with its first wave of 20 ceasing trading on 23 July, followed by 30 on 30 July. This week will also see the closure of 25 more on 6 August, bringing the total to 105.
BHS has also closed its website as its wind down operation continues, but did indicate that a new website will launch in the Autumn, although it is unclear in what capacity the new site will function as.
Dave Gill, of trade union Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers), commented: “Following the news that all remaining BHS stores will be closed by 20 August, Usdaw calls on the administrators to redouble their efforts in finding a buyer for the remaining stores and to secure as many jobs as possible.
“We also urge other high street retailers to look seriously at quickly re-employing the dedicated and experienced BHS workers who will all soon be unemployed.”
BHS went into administration on 25 April 2016, having reported debts of over £1.3bn. Philip Duffy and Benjamin Wiles were appointed as Joint Administrators from restructuring firm Duff & Phelps.