Troubled stores to stay open for a few extra days

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THOUSANDS of BHS workers have been given a stay of execution after it emerged that the department store chain’s remaining 57 shops will be kept open longer than planned.

Administrators had put a deadline of August 20 for all outlets to close, but this has been provisionally extended to August 28.

Duff & Phelps and FRP Advisory will keep the stores, which include Fareham and Chichester, open until stock has run out as they look to maximise returns. Staff at Fareham and Chichester said they expect to close on Saturday. Workers will be paid until the stores close.