PHOTOGRAPHY chain Jessops was plunged into administration yesterday.
PwC is to be appointed as administrator for the struggling company, which has an outlet in Chester.
Earlier in the week the chain announced it was to close 15 stores in the coming months, but the locations are as yet unknown.
The camera specialist has had a rocky few years. It managed to avoid administration in 2009 by securing a debt for equity swap with its lenders HSBC.
In 2012 it suffered the loss of both its chief executive Trevor Moore, who joined HMV as its chief executive last year, and its chairman David Adams.
The shop closures form part of a ‘commercial viability review’ of stores nationwide, the chain announced in a statement.
The retailer said: “In early 2013 there are 15 stores that do not meet the required level of viability and so, unfortunately, these stores will close. Jessops will work with the colleagues at these stores to ensure that, wherever possible, they are offered roles elsewhere in the company.”