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More jobs go at Bristol greengrocery chain Stokes

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Image caption Stokes was set up 30 years ago in Keynsham, near Bristol

Stricken Bristol-based greengrocery chain Stokes has announced further redundancies and shop closures.

The regional chain went into administration on 20 October, closing 10 stores. Eleven outlets had closed earlier in the month.

Now the firm has announced a further nine shop closures and 72 more staff will be made redundant.

But administrators KPMG said 104 staff at the remaining seven stores and in the company's HQ were safe.

Stokes - which operated in the south-west of England and Wales - was founded in Keynsham as a market gardening company and is now based at St Philips.

KPMG spokesman Richard Hill said: "While we remain in negotiations regarding the sale of the seven stores which are continuing to trade, the shops that are closing today have not attracted interest as a going concern."

The Stokes stores in Bath will remain open, as will six shops in Devon.

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