Workers at Chester's BHS store face an uncertain future as the company prepares for administration.

After 88 years of trading, falling sales have left the high street chain in crisis.

The Chester branch, one of 164 across the country, is on Foregate Street near Boots and the new Wilko .

BHS owner Dominic Chappell wrote to all staff to inform them the company would be filing for administration today (April 25).

He said: “It is with a deep heart that I have to report, despite a massive effort from the team, we have been unable to secure a funder or a trade sale.

“We as directors have called for administration on Monday.

“I would like to say it has been a real pleasure working with all of you on the BHS project, one I will never forget.

“You all need to keep your heads held high, you have done a great job and remember it was always going to be very, very hard to turn around.”

The statement said staff wages would be paid this month.

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Mr Chapell bought BHS from Topshop owner Sir Philip Green for just £1 in 2015.


Now its collapse risks lumbering the taxpayer with a big bill in unpaid VAT and other taxes, plus the potential cost of picking up the redundancy cost for workers.

Thousands of staff also risk having their value of their retirement pots slashed as the firm’s pensions scheme is bailed out.

The scheme, and its 20,000 members, is likely to be saved by the Pension Protection Fund, set up by the Government and funded by a tax on anyone pays into a pension.

But the transfer could lead to the pension pots of many BHS workers being cut by at least 10%.

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