It’s was the end of an era today for one of the biggest names on the high street – with BHS closing its doors for the final time in Wrexham.
This afternoon Wrexham Town Centre’s BHS was the latest to close after the department store brand entered administration in April after well documented problems.
Earlier this afternoon the popular shop looked a far cry from what shoppers and fans of the brand have come to know and recognise over the years. The walls and majority of the shelves were bare, with just a few rails of clothes and kitchen items remaining, and those rails and fixtures being for sale themselves.
It appeared everything aside from the tills were for sale, from shop fittings, desks, mannequins and sticker guns priced up.
Perhaps the biggest contrast between the old owner Phillip Green’s reported galavanting in Monaco on a super yacht and the chain’s problems was seeing old empty staff folders being sold off, discounted from twenty pence to just ten pence.
Problems with BHS were first emerging in March when landlords were being asked to reduce rents in an attempt to reduce its liabilities.
The chain entered administration in April, with efforts being made to find a buyer for all or part of the store, however that was not successful. In early June it was confirmed that the chain would be entering liquidation with around 8,000 staff plus 3,000 contractors losing their jobs due to the collapse of the store.
By the end of August the remaining 114 BHS stores will close – with question marks over how the chain collapsed and responsibilities over liabilities.
This evening Sophie Evans has tweeted us the image featured below of the members of staff outside Wrexham’s BHS for the final time – with Sophie saying: “@BHS_UK in @wrexham have shut the doors for the very last time. It’s been a pleasure serving you all.”
— Sophie Evans (@_Sophie_Evans_) August 3, 2016
The closure of BHS in Wrexham comes as a further blow to the town centre, which has seen the departure of two other well known high street brands in the past six weeks. Later this month the Post Office, also located on Henblas Street, will relocate – leaving the entire north side of the shopping complex empty.