Arndale store shuts its doors

BHS Stores last day in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160408-084712008
BHS Stores last day in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160408-084712008

British Home Stores in the Arndale Centre closed this week after a turbulent few months.

Administrators appointed after the demise of the company had set a deadline of August 20 for all the stores to close.

But the Eastbourne store, which employed 38 people in full and part time roles, closed its doors yesterday (Wednesday).

The move comes after administrators announced that all 164 stores would close and 11,000 people would lose their jobs after they failed to find a suitable buyer for the department store chain.

The store had been based in the centre for the last 36 years and occupied a prime site.

Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge said, “It was a very sad day for the Arndale Centre, and Eastbourne, when BHS closed this week.

“It had been part of the centre since it was built and was one of our largest stores.

“Since BHS announced it would be closing all its stores, we worked hard with the Chamber of Commerce, with some success, to find staff alternative employment.

“We are talking to a number of parties about options for this unit and hope to be in a position to make an announcement in the near future.”

The BHS chain was sold by tycoon Sir Phillip Green for £1 last year but then collapsed in April this year because of a huge £571million pension fund black hole.

MPs recently criticised directors of the 88-year-old retail firm and attributed the company’s demise on the “culmination of a sorry litany of failures of corporate governance and greed”.

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