49 jobs to go at JJB sportswear shops in Leicester
Forty-nine people have lost their jobs after JJB Sports closed stores yesterday.
Outlets in Humberstone Gate, Leicester, and at Fosse Park were among 133 UK stores shut after the group went into administration.
Two remaining employees in Leicestershire will help administrator KPMG close the stores.
JJB sold 20 stores to rival Sports Direct International.
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David McCorquodale, corporate finance partner at KPMG, who led the sale process, said: "Unfortunately, the level of cash and further operational restructuring required to rescue a more substantial part of the business was too much risk for most interested parties."
Sarah Harrison, city centre director, said: "We are really sad whenever any business is going, especially when it comes to job losses.
"We have had a surge of openings in the city centre recently and are looking forward to the Silver Arcade opening soon so hopefully JJB staff will be able to find jobs elsewhere in the city because of the opportunities that are being created."