TROUBLED High Street retailer BHS announced the imminent closure its 163 stores on Thursday – including the Mell Square store which has been a feature of the town centre for over 20 years.
Administrators Duff and Phelps failed to find a rescue deal to save the brand – announcing the stores were now set to close in the coming weeks and months.
Joint administrator, Phillip Duffy said: “The British high street is changing and in these turbulent times for retailers.
“BHS has fallen as another victim of the seismic shifts we are seeing.”
The closure of BHS will see around 11,000 workers out of a job, angry and feeling let down.
One long-serving BHS worker said: “I’m absolutely gutted for all my friends and family at BHS.
“BHS was the beginning of my retail career and I’ve made so many memories over the years.
“It is and will always be one big family.”
An upset shopper, from Solihull added: “I’ve been shopping in BHS for over 15 years, so it’s a real shame to see it go.
“I’ve always been able to get everything I need from BHS, whether it is school uniform, bathroom lights or even cushions for the living room.
“I’ve never known anything other BHS in that spot, so it will be strange to see a new store take its place.”
Mell Square’s store was much busier than usual the day after the announcement as shoppers packed out the store the grab some closing down deals.