Flagship Oxford Street BHS closes doors

The doors have been locked for the final time on British Home Store's flagship branch in central London - and by next weekend no stores will be left.

The Oxford Street outlet is one of 58 closing over the next eight days as administrators call time on 88 years of British retail history.

On their last-ever shift, workers told us of their fears as the chain's collapse has affected 11,000 jobs, 22,000 pensions.

(Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Maira Estupinan, 39, said: "I'm very sad, for myself and everyone losing their jobs. I have worked with so many lovely people here, a lovely manager, and I'm so upset to leave."

Inside, the shop was littered with scores of red and yellow "everything must go" style signs advertising as much as 80% off.

Hundreds of last-minute customers picked over the remaining stock.

Duff & Phelps and FRP Advisory have already overseen 105 closures over the past weeks, with the last of BHS's total 163 stores scheduled to close on August 20.

BHS on Oxford Street in London, as the flagship store prepares to pull down its shutters for the final time.
(Steve Parsons/PA)

News of the store's failure in April sparked a lengthy parliamentary inquiry and has left its high-profile former owners potentially facing a criminal investigation.

Sir Philip owned BHS for 15 years before selling it to serial bankrupt Dominic Chappell for £1 in 2015. Sir Philip has come under fire for taking more than £400 million in dividends from the chain, leaving it with a £571 million pension deficit and for selling it to a man with no retail experience.

Brendon Cabey, 34, from Islington, north London, has worked at BHS for 12 years. He said that if he saw Sir Philip he would "say nothing at all to him. He has made this company go down the drain. I would not talk to him".

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