By Staff writer
Five branches in Dubai and Sharjah to close as operator claims 11 Abu Dhabi stores would remain open
Five UAE branches of failed UK retailer BHS are reportedly set to close.
Stores in Dubai Mall, Festival City, Al Ghurair Centre, Lamcy Plaza and Sharjah City Centre would be shut by the end of the year, said Dubai’s Al Maya Group, which owns the BHS franchise in the emirates.
"Al Maya owns the franchise to these stores so they do not have to close, but the company has chosen to close them," Al Maya buyer Noor Tayyaba told The National.
A spokesman for Liwa Trading Enterprises, a subsidiary of Al Nasser Holdings which operates the brand’s Abu Dhabi stores, said all 11 outlets in the capital would remain open.
But employees at the Wahda Mall branch told Gulf News they expected the store to close.
The closure of the company’s flagship UK store in Oxford Street, London, follows a fight between Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, which bought the lease in April, and BHS administrators Duff & Phelps, reported The Telegraph.
In July, Qatar conglomerate Al Mana completed a deal to buy the international and online operations of the company.