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T J Hughes is a British discount department store brand which first emerged in Liverpool in 1925 and had become a national chain with 57 shops by 2011. The business now consists of 12 shops around the country, following liquidation and rescue in 2011.
It is understood TJ Hughes needed a major cash injection to see it through to the autumn. Endless, the parent company of TJ Hughes, could not provide the cash despite being a turn-around investor, having made a loss of £10
million in the year ending January 2011. TJ Hughes entering administration had meant it has put 4000 jobs at risk. Administrators Ernst & Young claimed they were aiming to try and prevent as many redundancies as possible.
There were also reports of a number of prospective buyers, including Primark. Ernst & Young said it hoped to sell the company as a going concern, saying it was "very much business as usual" but added that it could be difficult to sell all of the stores owing to the previous trading history of TJ
Hughes. The news came three days after Jane Norman, the women's-wear chain, went into administration with a number of other retailers going into administration.
Thursday 7 July 2011: GA Europe acquired Endless’ secured debt due from TJ Hughes and will work with administrators Ernst & Young to liquidate stock from the retail chain’s 57 stores.
Friday 22 July 2011: TJ Hughes administrators Ernst & Young announced the company's Liverpool distribution centre was to close, making 116 employees redundant.
Monday 1 August 2011: the TJ Hughes flagship store in Liverpool was sold to Speke-based (Benross Group), who also bought 3 other stores in Eastbourne, Glasgow and Sheffield, saving 442 jobs. Lewis Home Retail also bought the brand name and website.
Thursday 4 August 2011: Ernst & Young announced the closure of 22 TJ Hughes stores throughout the United Kingdom, losing 1000 jobs. Store closures will begin on Wednesday 10 August, with Shrewsbury closing its doors, with more stores to follow over the coming days.
Tuesday 20 August 2011: Saw Ernst & Young announce the remaining TJ Hughes store will close their doors on Wednesday 31 August 2011, apart from the 6 stores bought by Lewis's Home Retail Ltd. (Part of the Benross Group). They also bought the Brand name and the remaining 6 stores will continue to trade as TJ Hughes.
TJ Hughes were fined £2,056 in 2006 when a sales assistant sold knives to a 14-year-old who was sent into the shop to attempt to purchase the item. A subsequent investigation showed the company did not have the necessary procedures in place to prevent the sale at the time.
- SEPTEMBER 2014
Doncaster is set for a major jobs boost under plans to transform a vacant town centre landmark into a retail and leisure complex.
Proposals have been announced for the site of the former TJ Hughes department store to be turned into shops and restaurants.
The Art Deco building, officially called Danum House, has started to fall into disrepair after the closure of TJ Hughes when the firm went into administration and Doncaster Council moved out.
Civic and business leaders have hailed the announcement saying it will provide a major jobs boost and act as a catalyst for further investment in the town centre.
Simon Dishman, policy and information officer for Doncaster Chamber said: “The latest announcement that another vacant retail premises is to be filled in the town centre provides further evidence of the town’s ongoing regeneration and development.
“This will aid the town by providing further job opportunities for local people as well as helping drive inward investment. Finally, this will also provide an added boost to other retailers in the area by enhancing the footfall throughout the town centre.”
Mayor Ros Jones said: “It is great to see such a prominent town centre building being brought back into use. These plans and the new investment coming to the Frenchgate Centre and Waterdale area reflect the increasing confidence that investors and developers have in Doncaster.”
Threadneedle Property Investments Ltd is the firm behind the proposals for the building which is bordered by Printing Office Street, St Sepulchre Gate and Duke Street.
Planning permission to change the use of the building and internal layout of the basement, ground floor and first floor has been granted.
Threadneedle, confirmed it was behind the plans but did not want to release full details.
The firm’s website says it is one of the UK’s leading fund managers and one of the 30 largest asset management firms globally. The company owns around 35 retail properties across the country, including Bethal Square in Brecon and Pavilion Shopping Centre in Tonbridge and has just ploughed £2.5 million into a retail park in Northern Ireland. The planning consent allows it be used for retail, eateries, crèches, day centres as well as leisure and entertainment.
The planning application states: “In the intervening two year period, our client has had real difficulty letting this upper floor space.
“The proposed change of use would help market and therefore let the unit.”
“The proposal would bring a vacant listed building back into use, will not cause significant harm to neighbouring uses or highway safety and retains the character of the building.
“The proposal would add vitality to the shopping area.”
The building currently and comprises the former TJ Hughes store at the basement, ground and first floor with vacant office floor space across the remaining upper floors.
J HUGHES CONTACTS
London, E18 1AY
Tel: 020 8518 8100
177/187 Terminus Road
Tel: 0844 576 0991
TJ Hughes Customer Services
Liverpool, L3 8JA
Tel: 0844 576 0272
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