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TJ Hughes stores to close in Birkenhead and Rochdale

  • 11 August 2011
  • From the section England
TJ Hughes in Liverpool
Some TJ Hughes has been bought by Lewis's Home Retail

Branches of discount department store TJ Hughes are closing their doors in Birkenhead and Rochdale.

The company employs 66 staff in Birkenhead and 40 in Rochdale.

Stores in Chester and St Helens will also shut on Sunday, after the Liverpool-based group called in the administrators in June.

The stores are among 21 closing this week after administrators Ernst and Young failed to find a buyer for them.

Some shops, including those in Liverpool and Widnes, have been bought by Lewis's Home Retail.

Lewis's is the retail arm of Speke-based homewares group Benross, which supplies homewares, electrical, lighting, toys and leisure products to retailers across the UK.

Staff at the stores which are closing are being offered support and advice throughout the redundancy process, administrators said.

Tom Jack, joint administrator, said: "It is regrettable that we have had to schedule these store closures and we are extremely grateful to the employees and management at all the group's stores, at the head office and at warehouses for their loyalty and support during what has been a very difficult and uncertain time."

TJ Hughes called in the administrators in June - putting 4,000 jobs at risk - after a difficult period of trading.

GA Europe bought the chain's £10m debt and is overseeing clearance sales at the stores across the country.

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