Increased fears for future of BHS as further 30 stores close

BHS in Arndale Centre, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160324-085843008
BHS in Arndale Centre, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160324-085843008

Union bosses are increasingly concerned about a buyer being found for BHS as administrators have announced today that 30 further stores will close their doors on July 30.

More than 700 staff will be affected by the latest round of closures.

Eastbourne is not on the list, but the list does include nearby Worthing.

Dave Gill, Usdaw national officer, said, “This is terrible news for the staff in the 32 stores affected, on top of the 20 stores that are closing this Saturday.

“Our hope is that other retailers, including Sir Phillip Green’s Arcadia group, will offer employment to these experienced, dedicated and loyal staff who suddenly find themselves unemployed.

“At the same time we are aware that the administrators are continuing to seek a buyer, who will hopefully be able to secure the future of the staff in the remaining stores.

“We remain concerned that there is still no news from Sir Phillip since he promised to ‘sort’ the pension scheme and we wait to hear details of what he proposes.

“In the meantime we are providing the support, advice and representation our members require at this difficult time.”

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