All remaining stores will close by 20 August.

All remaining stores will close by 20 August.

Failed British department store retailer BHS will see its remaining stores shuttered within four weeks.

Joint administrators Philip Duffy and Benjamin Wiles yesterday (25 July) informed employees that the remaining stores would begin closure sales that same day.

"It is anticipated that failing any last minute rescue attempt the last stores will cease trading by Saturday 20 August," they added. "There are no specific dates for the closure of stores yet."

The announcement comes just two days after the company closed 20 of its UK stores, including those in Slough, High Wycombe, Yeovil, Peterborough, Hartlepool, Wigan and Burton on Trent.

BHS begins UK wind-down with 20 store closures

BHS, which went into administration in April, had 163 UK stores and 15 franchise partners operating 72 stores in 19 countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Dubai.

The administrators early last month announced plans to liquidate the BHS UK business, after more than eight decades of trading and with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs. 

On 30 June the company's online and overseas operations were sold to Qatar conglomerate Al Mana. The Doha-based group, which has a franchise deal with BHS for some of its overseas stores, has agreed to acquire the retailer's 72 international stores, in addition to its online business.

BHS online and overseas operations sold off