LK Bennett's two Northern Ireland stores under threat
The future of two Northern Ireland branches of womenswear retailer LK Bennett is in doubt last night after it collapsed into administration.
The brand has appointed corporate undertakers at EY to carry out the process, which puts the jobs of 500 staff in 41 UK stores at risk.
The chain operates a shop at outlet centre The Boulevard outside Banbridge, and another in Belfast's Victoria Square Shopping Centre.
Known for its kitten heels and smart daywear, the brand has attracted celebrity fans during its near 30-year history, including the Duchess of Cambridge.
Last month it emerged that the chain had appointed advisers to decide its future.