Berketex Bride sells 20,000 wedding gowns

Calling all brides-to-be! More than 20,000 wedding gowns to be sold off at knock-down prices following the collapse of Berketex Bride after 50 years

  • Berketex Bride is selling off over 20,000 bridal gowns at a cut price 
  • The company ceased trading last month after 50 years of business  
  • The mammoth sale, which started today, also includes hundreds of shoes

More than 20,000 wedding dresses and hundreds of pairs of shoes are being sold off cheap in a warehouse sale after the collapse of a bridal firm.

The cut-price wedding outfits are up for grabs after Berketex Bride ceased trading last month after 50 years with the loss of 80 jobs.

Warehouse bosses have handed over dresses to 300 prospective brides who had placed orders with the firm.

But the rest are going up for grabs over the next few weeks at a mammoth sale which started today.

Berketex Bride is selling over 20,000 bridal dresses at a cut price after the company ceased trading last month

John Pye Business Assets team are handling the sale at their rooms in Port Talbot, South Wales.

Hundreds of bridal shoes and accessories are also being sold.

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Business official Trevor Palethorpe said the firm was expecting a great deal of interest in this sale due to the high-profile nature of the collapse of the company, based in Grantham, Lincs.

He said: ‘There is an opportunity for brides to purchase a wedding gown at a fraction of the recommended retail price and walk away with it the same day.’

The sale begins today with hundreds of dresses going on sale over the next few weeks 

Business official Trevor Palethorpe said the firm was expecting a great deal of interest in this sale due to the high-profile nature of the collapse of the company

The firm initially faced complaints from 300 disappointed brides who had placed orders, they have now all been given dresses by the warehouse

The bridal chain collapsed into administration leaving customers thousands of pounds out of pocket and without a wedding dress in the latest retail failure.

The firm, which had sold wedding dresses and other bridal wear for more than 50 years, had 15 stores nationwide, including concessions in Debenhams and had annual sales of £1.5m

The company folded after facing mounting cash problems.

A spokesman for insolvency firm Wilson Field said: ‘It is another example of the hard time retailers are experiencing.

‘They need to react to the demands of different shopping habits and online retail.’

Accessories will also be up for grabs with the company selling veils 

Hundreds of bridal shoes are also on sale at a fraction of their original cost

Berketex Bride, which had annual sales of £4 million just four years ago, had 80 staff and 15 branches nationwide including concessions in Debenhams and stores in Scotland and Southern Ireland plus an online store.

Locations of stores include Manchester, Sheffield, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Croyden, London West End, Chester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.

In a statement the company said insolvency practitioners Wilson Field had been instructed to assist the company. 

The director of the company, Taiwanese-Canadian Tsung-Hui Huang who became a director in 2013, expressed his ‘sincere apologies for the abrupt closure of the store and any subsequent inconvenience this may cause to customers of the company.’



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