BHS Staff Last Day Today
24thth August News
Administrators to British Home Stores have announced that all 164 shops will close after failing to find a suitable buyer for the one stop shop department store for your family and home.
Staff confirmed they will lose their jobs, but some are have been only there for 3 weeks or more to help with the closure. One manager who had been there three years told us she has another job lined up to go to. She said another manager has been there for almost 20years, but could not omment on her situation or of her opinion of Sir Philip Green the the owner of the business, but did add that "it has been great working for BHS".
When the stores do close, some 11,000 jobs and 22,000 pensions are to be lost.
A lengthy investigation by the Government launched into the retailer's £571m pension deficit.
Former owner Sir Philip Green, who has been accused by MPs of selling BHS to a "manifestly unsuitable" buyer with no retail experience prior to its demise, is under intense pressure to plug the vast deficit in BHS's pension schemes.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid has taken the unusual step of accelerating the inquiry by the Insolvency Service into the retailer’s collapse, rather than wait three months for administrators to conclude their own investigation.
The investigation will look not only at the conduct of the directors at the point of its insolvency, but can also scrutinise directors’ behaviour at the company three years before the insolvency, meaning Sir Philip will also be investigated.
BHS was owned by Sir Philip Green and wife Lady Tina from 2000 until March 2015, when it was sold to Retail Acquisitions for £1.
Other BHS stores closing located in the South East?
Full list of BHS stores which are to close, by store name, and with full address.
Aylesbury: 26 Friars Square, Buckinghamshire HP20 2TA
Basildon: 3-5 Town Square, Essex SS14 1DZ
Bedford: 13-21 Midland Road, Bedfordshire MK40 1PL
Bromley: 124 High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR11DW
Camberley: 23 Princess Way, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SP
Cambridge: 29 Grafton Centre, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PS
Chelmsford: The Meadows, Essex CM2 6BH
Croydon: 69-73 Whitgift Square, Whitgift Centre, Surrey CR9 1SY
Harlow: 24 Harvey Centre, Essex CM20 1XT
Harrow: St Ann's Shopping Centre, 14 St Ann's Road, Middlesex HA1 1AS
High Wycombe: 27 Eden Walk, High Wycombe, HP11 2AU
Lewisham: 156-160 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6JL
Luton: 69-77 George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2AP
MK Stadium BHS: Stadium Retail Park, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK1 1ST
Oxford Street: 252-258 Oxford Street , ,West End ,Greater London ,W1C 1DL
Peterborough: Queensgate Centre, Cambridgeshire PE1 1NJ
Romford: 10 The Liberty, Romford Shopping Centre, Essex RM1 3RL
St Albans: 51-57 St Peter's Street, Hertfordshire AL1 3DY
St James Northampton: St James Retail Park, Towester Road, Northampton NN1 1EE
Staines: The Elmsleigh Centre, Middlesex TW18 4QA
Stevenage: 7 The Forum, Hertfordshire SG1 1ES
Uxbridge: Unit 107, The Chimes Shopping Centre, High Street, Middlesex UB8 1GA
Walthamstow: 38-42 Selbourne Walk, London, E17 7JR
Watford: 83-87 High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 2DQ
West Ealing: 104-110 Broadway, London W13 0TH
Wood Green: 26 High Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BX