Local stores to close as administrators are appointed at JJB Sports.

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THE Portsmouth, Fareham and Waterlooville branches of JJB Sports have closed to the public.

It follows the appointment of administrators KPMG this morning.

Rival sports chain Sports Direct International bought 20 of the JJB stores nationally, as well as the firm’s website, but 133 stores were forced to close.

It means 42 jobs will be lost from the three local stores – 2,193 nationally.

Richard Fleming, UK head of restructuring at KMPG, said: ‘Unfortunately a buyer could only be found for 20 stores on an ongoing basis.

‘All staff made redundant as a result of store closures have had their arrears of wages and holiday entitlements paid in full.’

Mr Fleming said KPMG will now be trying to work out what to do with the closed stores.

A helpline for staff affected by the closures has been set up, available 24 hours on 0845 3022538.