Store Closing
Store Closing
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BHS’s stores are a pretty depressing place right now, as administrators crack on with the closing down process while the poor staff soldier on at minimum wage to sell off what’s left of their ransacked stock to the circling vultures, such as at the main BHS Glasgow store on Sauchiehall Street and Renfield Street in today’s photo – which has always been there since I can long remember, and many, many more years besides (thanks for the childhood memories of the legendary macaroni cheese & chips in the restaurant!). 


It’s grim walking through the entrails of this once fine high street institution.  And as this anonymous diary from one of their loyal workers puts it in today’s Guardian, “If there were a Dignitas for department stores, I would make the call.”   It’s no different in Glasgow as it is in London, as the retailer has fallen prey to the unacceptable face of capitalism, as 11,000 loyal hard-working staff are now without a job and a massive pension deficit thanks to a systematic plunder by former owner Sir Philip Green (aka “Sir Shifty”), as he extracted millions from BHS and then sold it on to a bankruptee who went on to receive further millions from the company.  


In the midst of all this, Sir Shifty (and his Monaco-based wife, who is in-name-only in charge of the family money laundering operation) has taken delivery of a £46m private jet and a new £100m superyacht to add to his collection of superyachts. Meanwhile, after a very damning Commons committee report was published today, politicians say he should be stripped of his knighthood if he doesn’t make good on the near £600m pension shortfall.  


My haemorrhoids really bleed for him with the “threat” hanging over him of losing his gong.  But the choice of returning the money or losing his knighthood shouldn’t be an option here after such an audacious act of avarice against a loyal workforce and pensioners – but automatically being stripped of one should also come along with the return of the money or a lengthy prison sentence. 


Preferably all three, if I had my way.


Leica M3 & 1.4/50mm Summilux pre-asph v2

Sekonic L-308S

Ilford FP4+ (200)

HC-110 (Dil. B – 12 min)

Plustek 7600i &  Vuescan


1 Comment

  • very well put He's a disgrace when you think of what he's done & couldn't care less so long as him & his Wife are well looked after even though it wasn't justly done....

    The poor workers are left without work pension or money Jail him & his wife & throw away the key.....