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NATIONAL sportswear chain JJB Sports is to call in administrators KPMG.

The chain, which has shops in Cascades Shopping Centre, Waterlooville precinct and Fareham Shopping Centre, was once the biggest sports retailer in the UK.

But following the credit crunch, the success of JJB’s competitors, and a £5m debt to the taxman, as many as half of its 180 stores are expected to close in a so-called pre-pack sale process once administrators are appointed.

Around 4,000 people are employed by the firm.