170 BARRATT STAFF BOOTED.
The group, who employ nearly 4000 workers, crashed into administration earlier this month, blaming cut-throat competition and squeezed household budgets.
Accountants from administrators Deloitte said yesterday five branches of Barratts and 13 Priceless stores would close tomorrow with the loss of 127 jobs. In addition, they said 43 staff were being made redundant at the firm's headquarters in Bradford.
Joint administrator Daniel Butters said staff had been briefed about the "regrettable" decision and would be paid up to the last day of employment.
He said Deloitte would continue to try to find a buyer for the rest of the business, who have 191 shops and 371 concessions but debts of pounds 240million.