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Jessops shop in Bradford city centre to close
5:56pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
The Jessops camera shop in Bradford city centre is set to close along with all of the stores in the stricken camera chain, administrators have announced.
Staff at the Bradford store are among 1,370 people to lose their jobs nationally as the group collapsed.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which was appointed to the group on Wednesday, said it would begin the process of shutting the 187-store network.
The administrators said further job losses are likely at the group’s head office in Leicester.
Jessops is the first high-profile retail casualty of 2013, after suffering from online competition and a boom in camera phones in recent years, hitting demand for digital cameras.
In Yorkshire and the North East, 15 stores closed today, meaning 106 redundancies in the region.
Rob Hunt, joint administrator and partner at PwC said: “It is apparent that we cannot continue to trade and as a result we have had to make the difficult decision to begin the closure of all 187 Jessops stores at the close of business today. This is an extremely sad day.”