Administrators for TJ Hughes have announced the closure of 22 of its stores.
The move will see 1,061 staff being made redundant as the discount department stores close their doors for the last time throughout this week.
Joint administrator at Ernst & Young, Tom Jack, said: “It is regrettable that we have had to schedule these store closures and we are extremely grateful to the employees and management at all the group’s stores, at the head office and at warehouses for their loyalty and support during what has been a very difficult and uncertain time.”
However, he went on: “We continue in negotiations with a number of interested parties for a large number of the remaining stores in the group’s portfolio, and we are keen to stress that those stores unaffected by these closures will continue to trade for the time being, with new stock lines being added.”
Four stores, in Liverpool, Eastbourne, Glasgow and Sheffield, have already been bought, by Lewis’s Home Retail.
The stores that will close are in Shrewsbury, Birkenhead, Dumfries, Dundee, Rochdale, Widnes, Wolverhampton, Stretford, Bolton, Boscombe, Burnley, Chester, Crawley, Hull, Kettering, Kidderminster, Macclesfield, Nuneaton, St Helens, Walsall, Watford and Weston-super-Mare.