Bonmarché store saved

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PONTEFRACT and Castleford Bonmarché stores will stay open after the fashion chain was saved from administration by new owners Sun European Partners.

The private equity firm, which took over the chain from The Peacocks Group, confirmed 230 stores would stay open – including Pontefract, Castleford and Wakefield – but 160 would be closed.

Carol Gill, Pontefract store manager, said “Staff are thrilled with the news that we are remaining open.

“We would like to extend a special thanks to all of our customers for their support and messages of encouragement over the last few weeks.”

Sun European Partners – which bought the chain for an undisclosed sum – has a large portfolio of companies including the Irisa Group, Jaques Vert, American Golf, SCS Sofas, Lee Cooper and Scotch and Soda.

Bonmarché – which has its head office in Wakefield – is one of the UK’s largest women’s only value retailers.

The chain was founded in 1982 and bought by The Peacocks Group – which went into administration last month – in 2002.