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A crowd has turned up for the closing day of this British High Street stalwart, scouring the shelves for one final bargain. The long queue for the till stretches across the gutted shop.
The refrigerators in the food hall are on but empty. Even the fixtures and fittings are up for grabs. One staff member, wearing a pink feathery party head-dress but also holding a tissue, pauses to hug a colleague. It was too pricey. Honestly, for us, it's just another shop front changing. Years of under-investment and failing to react effectively to intense competition led to the slow demise of BHS over the past two decades.
Its most recent owners have also been blamed following an investigation by a joint committee of MPs last month. They described billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green, who owned BHS from to , as the "unacceptable face of capitalism".
Meanwhile, if talks between Sir Philip and the pensions regulator fail, then the 11, BHS staff who have lost their jobs will get a smaller pension than expected. In one way the story of BHS is not unique. Larger homes stores, such as the one at Barton Square branch in the Trafford Centre, Greater Manchester also sold the Welle cabinet range and have Sharps showrooms. In its stores, BHS sold a mixture of basic electricals based primarily on kitchen products such as kettles and toasters.
Recently this range has begun to increase, particularly in the designated Home stores and larger high street branches. The service is run through a third party company Buy it Direct and is not directly controlled by BHS.
In January , it was announced that the chain would sell branded food products, the service was to be trialed in 50 stores with the intention of making this a permanent addition in up to stores. The BHS brand has been franchised since to stores around the world and, although they are not directly owned, products and support are supplied by BHS. The Tammy brand is available as a separate franchise. In early a new franchise, "Bhs Kids", was launched in the Middle East, carrying many best-selling children's lines from BHS stores.
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