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Bexleyheath jobs at risk as Jessops enters administration

PUBLISHED: 13:49 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:49 11 January 2013

Jessops has gone into administration, putting jobs in Bexleyheath at risk. Pic by John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jessops has gone into administration, putting jobs in Bexleyheath at risk. Pic by John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Jobs are at risk in Jessops in Bexleyheath after the high street giant entered administration.

Management consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were called in as administrators to sort out the finances on Wednesday as the store blamed a significant decline in business last year for its predicament.

Jessops was founded in Leicester in 1935 and has 192 stores in the UK. It employs 2.000 staff nationwide.

Peter Oak, of Bexleyheath Photographic Society, said: “I would personally never use Jessops because I had a bad customer service experience in one of their stores.

“But I still think it’s very sad and a lot of people will miss them, they are a giant in the photographic industry.”

Rob Hunt, joint administrator and partner at PwC, said: “We hope trading in stores to continue but it is critically dependent on these ongoing discussions. However, in the current economic climate it is inevitable that there will be store closures.”

PwC added that at present Jessops would not honour customer vouchers or accept returned goods.

Jessops become the first high street casualty of 2013 following the likes of Clinton Cards, JJB Sports and Comet falling into administration.

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