Two BHS shops to close in Milton Keynes on July 30

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Both BHS stores in Milton Keynes will close on July 30, it has been announced.

Dozens of staff will be affected, despite their union’s pleas for Sir Phillip Green’s Arcadia group to find alternative employment for the ‘experienced, dedicated and loyal’ workers.

Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw is increasingly concerned about a buyer being found for BHS as the administrators announce that a further 30 stores will close at the end of the month.

Among them are the BHS shops in thecentre:mk and the MK1 retail park near the football stadium.

Usdaw national officer Dave Gill said: “This is terrible news for the staff in the 30 stores affected, on top of the 20 stores that are closing this Saturday. Our hope is that other retailers, including Sir Phillip Green’s Arcadia group, will offer employment to these experienced, dedicated and loyal staff who suddenly find themselves unemployed.

“At the same time we are aware that the administrators are continuing to seek a buyer, who will hopefully be able to secure the future of the staff in the remaining stores.

“We remain concerned that there is still no news from Sir Phillip since he promised to ‘sort’ the pension scheme and we wait to hear details of what he proposes. In the meantime we are providing the support, advice and representation our members require at this difficult time.”