Last BHS stores close for final time after 88 years

The last BHS stores have closed their doors for the final time, ending an 88-year presence on the High Street.

The closure of the last 22 shops around the UK on Sunday came after the retailer was placed into administration in March but failed to find a buyer.

Previous owners Dominic Chappell and Sir Philip Green have been criticised for mismanaging the chain and failing to protect the company pension scheme.

Administrators had already made 141 store closures over recent weeks.

These included its flagship store on Oxford Street in London’s West End.

British Homes Stores, a name that was a fixture on most UK High Streets, has disappeared nearly a century after first opening in Brixton, south London.

Simon Prager, who worked for BHS for 16 years and helped to oversee the closure of Bristol’s Cribbs Causeway branch, said: “I don’t think even a year ago anyone would have thought it would come to this.

“I think there probably was anger at some point in the last three months. But I think everyone’s well beyond that. And I think it is now just sadness that it’s come to this.”