53 jobs lost as Bradford department store shuts

The TJ HUghes store in Bradford that is to close down with the loss of 53 jobs

The TJ HUghes store in Bradford that is to close down with the loss of 53 jobs

First published in Bradford Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Business Reporter

More than 50 jobs are to go at a city centre department store after attempts to find a buyer failed.

After weeks of uncertainty, the TJ Hughes discount store in Godwin Street will close its doors for the last time on August 31. The store has been trading in administration since June with a clearance sale offering goods at substantially reduced prices.

Administrators at Ernst & Young , who found buyers for six of the 56-strong Liverpool-based chain, confirmed that Bradford would be among the last five stores to close, along with Doncaster, Sunderland, Lichfield and Wrexham. Most of the TJ Hughes chain has already closed, with the loss of more than 260 jobs.

Tom Jack, joint administrator, said: “A purchaser for these remaining stores was not found and regrettably we have had to schedule these final store closures. We are extremely grateful to the employees and management at all the group’s stores for their loyalty and support during this very difficult time. We are pleased to have been successful in selling six stores, which has safeguarded over 700 jobs across the UK.”

A spokesman for the shopworkers’ union Usdaw told the T&A: “This is devastating news for the loyal staff in Bradford who have done everything they can to keep the business going. It’s very disappointing to see the closure of yet another store and the disappearance of a familiar high street name.

“Usdaw will be doing all it can to help members recover any monies they are owed once the shutters finally come down on TJ Hughes.”

Coun David Green, executive member for regeneration, said Bradford Council was working with administrators to try and find a new retailer for the site.

Read more on this story in Friday's T&A

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9:30am Fri 26 Aug 11

birkybull says...

Another nail in the coffin for Bradford
Another nail in the coffin for Bradford birkybull
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9:32am Fri 26 Aug 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

So more empty premises in the city center, yet the regeneration team keep their jobs and thier big salaries. Rewarding failure, when will someone be made accountable?
So more empty premises in the city center, yet the regeneration team keep their jobs and thier big salaries. Rewarding failure, when will someone be made accountable? Thee Voice of Reason
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9:47am Fri 26 Aug 11

MontyLeMar says...

A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left.
A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left. MontyLeMar
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10:04am Fri 26 Aug 11

Scargutt2 says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left.
I have to say that I disagree. While I have every sympathy for those staff who have lost their jobs, I believe people still have money to spend. Recession just makes us consider more carefully where we spend it.

Effectively what we're seeing is a clear out of badly managed shops selling poor quality products (made in China) at over inflated prices. Of the last ten 'brand names' which have disappeared from the high street, I don't think I have ever visited any of them, nor can I even remember any of their names. With the exception of Oddbins!
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left.[/p][/quote]I have to say that I disagree. While I have every sympathy for those staff who have lost their jobs, I believe people still have money to spend. Recession just makes us consider more carefully where we spend it. Effectively what we're seeing is a clear out of badly managed shops selling poor quality products (made in China) at over inflated prices. Of the last ten 'brand names' which have disappeared from the high street, I don't think I have ever visited any of them, nor can I even remember any of their names. With the exception of Oddbins! Scargutt2
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10:24am Fri 26 Aug 11

eldraco says...

Scargutt2 wrote:
MontyLeMar wrote:
A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left.
I have to say that I disagree. While I have every sympathy for those staff who have lost their jobs, I believe people still have money to spend. Recession just makes us consider more carefully where we spend it.

Effectively what we're seeing is a clear out of badly managed shops selling poor quality products (made in China) at over inflated prices. Of the last ten 'brand names' which have disappeared from the high street, I don't think I have ever visited any of them, nor can I even remember any of their names. With the exception of Oddbins!
Speaking as a Chinese alcoholic, I find your comments judgemental and racist....
[quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left.[/p][/quote]I have to say that I disagree. While I have every sympathy for those staff who have lost their jobs, I believe people still have money to spend. Recession just makes us consider more carefully where we spend it. Effectively what we're seeing is a clear out of badly managed shops selling poor quality products (made in China) at over inflated prices. Of the last ten 'brand names' which have disappeared from the high street, I don't think I have ever visited any of them, nor can I even remember any of their names. With the exception of Oddbins![/p][/quote]Speaking as a Chinese alcoholic, I find your comments judgemental and racist.... eldraco
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10:51am Fri 26 Aug 11

Avro says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left.
If the administrator is unable to find a buyer, then it just shows what little confidence there is for the site.

TJ Hughes were not a high end retailer but a discount trader clearing bankrupt stock.
Yes, the high street is suffering across the UK, but the centre of Bradford has been in steady decline since the loss of Broadway and subsequent the Westfiled fiasco which we still dont have!
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: A very sad day. A great building like that should have no trouble in finding tenants. I can't blame the regeneration team for this closure, the whole of the High Street everywhere outside London is suffering. People just have no spare money to spend like they used to, or are too fearful of the future, lost job or low pay rises. When the government start down this austerity road it's companies like TJ Hughes that suffer first followed by the rest of us. But, I know, there's no money left.[/p][/quote]If the administrator is unable to find a buyer, then it just shows what little confidence there is for the site. TJ Hughes were not a high end retailer but a discount trader clearing bankrupt stock. Yes, the high street is suffering across the UK, but the centre of Bradford has been in steady decline since the loss of Broadway and subsequent the Westfiled fiasco which we still dont have! Avro
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10:53am Fri 26 Aug 11

Albion. says...

Whatever the reasons and circumstances this is bad news.
It was one of very few shops in the city that was worth a visit.
With it's out on a limb location and more retail outlets tending to be in the direction of Forster Square (even the proposed one's) I can imagine that it wouldn't be easy to find a credible tenant from the retail sector, maybe that proposed idea for the Odeon could be located there and the Odeon restored (Is that John Cleese in the background shouting "sorry too sensible"?).
Whatever the reasons and circumstances this is bad news. It was one of very few shops in the city that was worth a visit. With it's out on a limb location and more retail outlets tending to be in the direction of Forster Square (even the proposed one's) I can imagine that it wouldn't be easy to find a credible tenant from the retail sector, maybe that proposed idea for the Odeon could be located there and the Odeon restored (Is that John Cleese in the background shouting "sorry too sensible"?). Albion.
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10:53am Fri 26 Aug 11

Avro says...

birkybull wrote:
Another nail in the coffin for Bradford
There can't be that many nails left!
[quote][p][bold]birkybull[/bold] wrote: Another nail in the coffin for Bradford[/p][/quote]There can't be that many nails left! Avro
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10:54am Fri 26 Aug 11

Avro says...

There can't be that many nails left!
There can't be that many nails left! Avro
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10:55am Fri 26 Aug 11

Avro says...

There can't be that many nails left!
There can't be that many nails left! Avro
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10:55am Fri 26 Aug 11

Albion. says...

Whatever the reasons and circumstances this is bad news.
It was one of very few shops in the city that was worth a visit.
With it's out on a limb location and more retail outlets tending to be in the direction of Forster Square (even the proposed one's) I can imagine that it wouldn't be easy to find a credible tenant from the retail sector, maybe that proposed idea for the Odeon could be located there and the Odeon restored (Is that John Cleese in the background shouting "sorry too sensible"?).
Whatever the reasons and circumstances this is bad news. It was one of very few shops in the city that was worth a visit. With it's out on a limb location and more retail outlets tending to be in the direction of Forster Square (even the proposed one's) I can imagine that it wouldn't be easy to find a credible tenant from the retail sector, maybe that proposed idea for the Odeon could be located there and the Odeon restored (Is that John Cleese in the background shouting "sorry too sensible"?). Albion.
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10:59am Fri 26 Aug 11

ell says...

Oh goody! Maybe we'll have another park soon....
Oh goody! Maybe we'll have another park soon.... ell
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11:12am Fri 26 Aug 11

K.Y.E. says...

It's all your fault. If you didn't buy all your shopping from massive supermarkets (that sell everything) and off the internet then all these chains wouldn't be closing down.
It's all your fault. If you didn't buy all your shopping from massive supermarkets (that sell everything) and off the internet then all these chains wouldn't be closing down. K.Y.E.
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11:34am Fri 26 Aug 11

Avro says...

Don't you mean if Bradford was a place worthy of shopping in, which it currently is NOT
Don't you mean if Bradford was a place worthy of shopping in, which it currently is NOT Avro
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2:53pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Patrick Bateman says...

Yes, bad news indeed. It will be hard to imagine a retailer willing to take over the premises - even if the economic climate was more favourable - given the building's location and the general retail demise of the town centre. I hope the council in their desperation to find new tenants (if any) don't accept the first offer that comes along: we need *quality* shops in Bradford, not more bargain-basement bazaar rubbish.
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Good luck to all the staff who have lost their jobs in finding new employment.
Yes, bad news indeed. It will be hard to imagine a retailer willing to take over the premises - even if the economic climate was more favourable - given the building's location and the general retail demise of the town centre. I hope the council in their desperation to find new tenants (if any) don't accept the first offer that comes along: we need *quality* shops in Bradford, not more bargain-basement bazaar rubbish. . Good luck to all the staff who have lost their jobs in finding new employment. Patrick Bateman
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4:22pm Fri 26 Aug 11

jordashe says...

Why not house the "Souk there...the council with all our money could buy the premises and then let it out.
Why not house the "Souk there...the council with all our money could buy the premises and then let it out. jordashe
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4:40pm Fri 26 Aug 11

april fool says...

I for one will be sorry to see TJ hughes go down the pan! it is a good store with reasonable prices for everyone, maybe Beales would be wise to buy the store. there will be nothing to go to Bradford for when it closes.
I for one will be sorry to see TJ hughes go down the pan! it is a good store with reasonable prices for everyone, maybe Beales would be wise to buy the store. there will be nothing to go to Bradford for when it closes. april fool
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4:42pm Fri 26 Aug 11

april fool says...

I for one will be sorry to see TJ hughes go down the pan! it is a good store with reasonable prices for everyone, maybe Beales would be wise to buy the store. there will be nothing to go to Bradford for when it closes.
I for one will be sorry to see TJ hughes go down the pan! it is a good store with reasonable prices for everyone, maybe Beales would be wise to buy the store. there will be nothing to go to Bradford for when it closes. april fool
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5:00pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Avro says...

jordashe wrote:
Why not house the "Souk there...the council with all our money could buy the premises and then let it out.
A 'tat' market in the centre of town, how wonderful!
[quote][p][bold]jordashe[/bold] wrote: Why not house the "Souk there...the council with all our money could buy the premises and then let it out.[/p][/quote]A 'tat' market in the centre of town, how wonderful! Avro
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6:29pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Patrick Bateman says...

jordashe wrote:
Why not house the "Souk there...the council with all our money could buy the premises and then let it out.
I'd rather see the place lay derelict than that: at least it would only be a grotty eyesore on the 'outside'.
[quote][p][bold]jordashe[/bold] wrote: Why not house the "Souk there...the council with all our money could buy the premises and then let it out.[/p][/quote]I'd rather see the place lay derelict than that: at least it would only be a grotty eyesore on the 'outside'. Patrick Bateman
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9:23pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Ian H 1971 says...

Hmmm...so people have no money? Rubbish! I still see everyone spending money on multipack alcohol offers; smoking; going on holiday even if it is not abroad; still running cars and so on. If people have hardly any money, how come they are spending on the things I have mentioned? Also I wish people with savings would stop saying they have no money! Grrrr!!
Hmmm...so people have no money? Rubbish! I still see everyone spending money on multipack alcohol offers; smoking; going on holiday even if it is not abroad; still running cars and so on. If people have hardly any money, how come they are spending on the things I have mentioned? Also I wish people with savings would stop saying they have no money! Grrrr!! Ian H 1971
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9:25pm Fri 26 Aug 11

albioff says...

Trouble with derelict buildings in Drabford is that they tend to burn down in time.
Trouble with derelict buildings in Drabford is that they tend to burn down in time. albioff
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1:03am Sat 27 Aug 11

mrs walker says...

Albion. wrote:
Whatever the reasons and circumstances this is bad news.
It was one of very few shops in the city that was worth a visit.
With it's out on a limb location and more retail outlets tending to be in the direction of Forster Square (even the proposed one's) I can imagine that it wouldn't be easy to find a credible tenant from the retail sector, maybe that proposed idea for the Odeon could be located there and the Odeon restored (Is that John Cleese in the background shouting "sorry too sensible"?).
Even though your idea has some merit - especially considering the 'entertainment' theme of the area around the Alhambra it isn't possible to knock down the TJ Hughes building and use the brownfield site for New Victoria Place - Sunwin house is a Grade II listed building.

Goodness me, did I really just agree that one of your ideas had 'some merit'?
Must lay off the sherry!
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Whatever the reasons and circumstances this is bad news. It was one of very few shops in the city that was worth a visit. With it's out on a limb location and more retail outlets tending to be in the direction of Forster Square (even the proposed one's) I can imagine that it wouldn't be easy to find a credible tenant from the retail sector, maybe that proposed idea for the Odeon could be located there and the Odeon restored (Is that John Cleese in the background shouting "sorry too sensible"?).[/p][/quote]Even though your idea has some merit - especially considering the 'entertainment' theme of the area around the Alhambra it isn't possible to knock down the TJ Hughes building and use the brownfield site for New Victoria Place - Sunwin house is a Grade II listed building. Goodness me, did I really just agree that one of your ideas had 'some merit'? Must lay off the sherry! mrs walker
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7:01am Sat 27 Aug 11

Patrick Bateman says...

albioff wrote:
Trouble with derelict buildings in Drabford is that they tend to burn down in time.
True: but at least that would be in keeping with the Councils plan which would appear to be to raze the city centre to the ground wherever possible.
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: Trouble with derelict buildings in Drabford is that they tend to burn down in time.[/p][/quote]True: but at least that would be in keeping with the Councils plan which would appear to be to raze the city centre to the ground wherever possible. Patrick Bateman
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11:05am Sat 27 Aug 11

Albion. says...

Mrs Walker I never mentioned "knock down" there are ways round these things, wasn't there a plan at one time to save the front and side of the Odeon while altering the rest of it? It'll end up like one of those cowboy towns where the big frontage hides a shack (only this time the Indians will win!).
Mrs Walker I never mentioned "knock down" there are ways round these things, wasn't there a plan at one time to save the front and side of the Odeon while altering the rest of it? It'll end up like one of those cowboy towns where the big frontage hides a shack (only this time the Indians will win!). Albion.
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11:48am Sat 27 Aug 11

Clowny says...

albioff wrote:
Trouble with derelict buildings in Drabford is that they tend to burn down in time.
That's only where a developer has a new build and needs planning permission, then buildings do tend to accidentally on purpose burn down, I'm surprised the Odeon hasn't had that fate yet.
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: Trouble with derelict buildings in Drabford is that they tend to burn down in time.[/p][/quote]That's only where a developer has a new build and needs planning permission, then buildings do tend to accidentally on purpose burn down, I'm surprised the Odeon hasn't had that fate yet. Clowny
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1:32am Tue 30 Aug 11

TirNaNog says...

Can anyone explain this nostalgic love of the Odeon? All I see is a bombed out picture house with questionable odours emanating from it. Does it conjure up sentimental memories of 'copping a feel' off some Doris during the Matinee back in the day or something?
Strange!
Can anyone explain this nostalgic love of the Odeon? All I see is a bombed out picture house with questionable odours emanating from it. Does it conjure up sentimental memories of 'copping a feel' off some Doris during the Matinee back in the day or something? Strange! TirNaNog
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