'Confusing' store closing signs removed from department store window
PUBLISHED: 16:55 06 February 2020
Signs that went up in shop windows shortly after a retail chain fell into administration have been replaced as "active discussions" continue over its future.
However, they have now been replaced with "stock liquidation" signs to address confusion - as no closures have been announced.
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A spokesman for KPMG said: "The joint administrators remain in active discussions with interested parties regarding a sale of the business, and stores are continuing to trade.
"That said, it remains the case that if a sale cannot be achieved, then ultimately the stores will close.
"In order to address confusion regarding the signage in-store, the administrators made arrangements to change the signs to make it clear they are running a stock liquidation sale."
Beales went into administration on January 20, putting 22 stores at risk and more than 1,000 jobs.
News that Palmers could close after almost 200 years in the town has been greeted with shock and sadness.