Future of region’s Bathstores in doubt with company on the brink of administration

The Bathstore in Norwich's Queen's Road. Picture: GoogleMaps/Archant

The Bathstore in Norwich's Queen's Road. Picture: GoogleMaps/Archant - Credit: GoogleMaps/Archant

Fears are growing that Bathstores in the region could close after reports the chain was on the brink of collapse.

The Bathstore has a shop in Norwich's Queen's Road, and is one of five in the East of England.

It also has a store in Ipswich's Norwich Road.

MORE: Norwich department store censors explicit fragrance name on £200 perfumeAdvisory firm BDO has reportedly been lined up to handle the potential administration, but a spokesman for the company said he could not comment on the reports at this stage.

The chain has 168 stores and about 700 employees.

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The group has been owned by the American billionaire Warren Stephens since 2014, when he backed a management buyout.

It is understood that the group's owner is unwilling to put in more cash to save the business ahead of this month's rent day.

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