Relief for 140 saved TJ Hughes workers

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SOME 140 jobs have been saved at TJ Hughes department store in Sheffield after administrators found a buyer for the city centre shop.

The Sheffield store has been sold to Lewis’s Home Retail - a company associated with homewares group Benross - along with three other branches in Liverpool, Eastbourne and Glasgow.

All employees at the store will transfer to the new company, administrators Ernst & Young announced last night.

But dozens of workers at TJ Hughes in Doncaster still face uncertainty over their future, as the administrators continue to seek a buyer for the Sepulchre Gate store, along with 52 other branches across the country.

Liverpool-based TJ Hughes went into administration in June after losing £10m last year - putting 4,000 jobs at risk nationwide.

Joint administrator Tom Jack said: “We are delighted to have exchanged contracts on this deal, which saves 442 jobs and continues the TJ Hughes legacy in Liverpool, as well as in other locations across the UK.”

Ernst & Young said they continue to seek a sale of the company’s remaining business and assets as a going concern, while continuing with a closing down sale at all TJ Hughes stores.

Recent weeks have seen a huge clearance sale at TJ Hughes Sheffield store, on the corner of High Street and Arundel Gate, with discounts of up to 50 per cent on offer.

Benross, which is also Liverpool-based, supplies homewares, electrical goods, lighting, toys and leisure products to retailers across the UK. Lewis’s is its retail arm.