The BHS store in Churchill Square, Brighton, is to shut, according to the administrators, although no closing date has yet been set.
The decision was announced yesterday (Thursday 2 June) by Philip Duffy and Benjamin Wiles, the managing directors of Duff and Phelps, the administrators.
Dozens of staff are expected to lose their jobs as “the orderly wind down of the BHS business” takes place.
The administrators said: “Despite the considerable efforts of the administrators and BHS senior management, it has not been possible to agree a sale of the business.
“Although multiple offers were received, none were able to complete a deal due to the working capital required to secure the future of the company.
“Our thoughts today are with the employees. We thank them for their professionalism and hard work.
“We would also like to thank the great British public for helping us in our efforts to save BHS resulting in several weeks of significant sales.
“As a result of the wind down all 163 stores will be in close down sale mode over the coming weeks and, while continuing efforts will be made by the administrators to sell stores, the jobs of 8,000 members of staff are likely to go.
“A further 3,000 jobs of non BHS employees who work in the store’s concessions may also be at risk.”
Philip Duffy, managing director of Duff and Phelps and joint administrator, said: “The British high street is changing and, in these turbulent times for retailers, BHS has fallen as another victim of the seismic shifts we are seeing.
“The tireless work and goodwill of the existing management team and employees of BHS with the support of my team were not enough to change the fortunes of the company.”
BHS, also known as British Home Stores, is not the only current casualty. Austin Reed, which used to have a shop in Churchill Square, is also closing its 120 branches across the country and laying off about 1,000 staff.
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