Workers’ campaign to save shop

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Chorley’s Bonmarche WILL close as part of a take over bid.

Staff at the High Street store were told this week that the shop will be one of 160 to shut nationally.

It comes after the business was bought by a private equity firm for an undisclosed figure after owners Peacocks went into administration.

However, the Chorley employees have vowed to fight the plans and have launched a petition to show the strength of feeling in the town in a bid to persuade bosses to re-think their decision.

Assistant manager Natalie Goodyear said: “We had a phone call late on Saturday to say that Chorley would be one of the stores that would be closing.

“We had already been made aware about the situation with Peacocks going into administration, but it still came as a shock.

“We have a busy store in Chorley and a lot of our customers are elderly and don’t travel out of town so it will be a real shame for us to close.

“I have already contacted our landlord to try and re-negotiate our rent and have also launched the petition to show how many people want the shop to stay.”

Natalie. 25, has worked for the company for seven years, said its closure in Chorley would be a blow for the town.

She added: “We will try everything we can to keep the shop open, but we have been told that the closure will be a quick process so we are up against it.

“The last thing anyone wants is to see another big name leave the town and create yet another empty shop. On the first day of the petition we collected more than 250 signatures.”

Sun European Partners bought the fashion chain from Peacocks after it went in to administration with more than £240m debts.

It has said it will need to close 160 stores, but will continue to run 230.

Coun Alan Cullens said: “It’s a shame to hear that more national chains are encountering financial difficulties, particularly when the outcome may mean a loss for Chorley.”

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