Northern Ireland

BHS: Lisburn store among first 20 closures

BHS Bow Street Mall sign
Image caption The Lisburn store, in Bow Street Mall, is the first local store to cease trading

A BHS department store in Lisburn, County Antrim, is among the first 20 BHS shops across the UK that are to due to close later on Saturday.

The whole retail group is being wound down, with the loss of about 11,000 jobs, after efforts to find a buyer for the troubled firm failed last month.

BHS operated 163 stores in the UK, four of which are in Northern Ireland.

The Lisburn store, in Bow Street Mall, is the first local store to cease trading.

A second store in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, is expected to close next weekend.

The remaining BHS stores in Belfast city centre and at Holywood Exchange have not yet indicated when they are due to cease trading.

Meanwhile, the knighthood given to former BHS owner Sir Philip Green, is under review following criticism of his conduct while he was in charge of the firm.

A number of MPs have called for him to be stripped of the title due to his decision to take money out of the company before he sold it for £1 to a former bankrupt.

The 20 BHS stores due to close on Saturday are:

  • South Shields
  • Slough
  • Truro
  • Hartlepool
  • Stirling
  • Lisburn
  • High Wycombe
  • Ashford
  • Clydebank
  • Preston
  • St Helens
  • Yeovil
  • Basildon
  • Southport
  • Peterborough
  • Newport
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Warrington
  • Wigan
  • Burton-on-Trent

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