Dewhurst staff still waiting

Hundreds of Dewhurst staff are still waiting to discover their fate after the chain went into administration last week.

No buyer has yet been found for the business which parent company Lloyd Maunder decided to close due to poor sales, resulting in 305 job losses at 60 stores.

The other 300 - based at the Tunbridge Wells-based head office and at 35 remaining shops - are expected to become part of a new business once a sale goes ahead. Administrator BDO Stoy Hayward said it was still conducting a review of the Dewhurst chain and that there was no update on the process.

West Country firm Lloyd Maunder bought control of Dewhurst from its private equity owners early in 2005 and spent money refurbishing a number of stores and reorganising the chain's supply systems.

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