A Dundee fashion store is to close this week, with the loss of five jobs.
Ness Clothing, located in the Overgate Centre, is expected to close for good on Monday, administrators have said.
Stores in Glasgow and Livingston will also close.
The news comes after administrators from BDO LLP business restructuring partners were appointed to oversee the independent store’s administration process.
Joint administrators James Stephen and Matthew Tait say several interested parties wish to take over the firm, but that the three outlets confirmed for closure this week will not be part of any future sale.
One employee at the Dundee shop told The Courier staff are waiting by the phone to hear confirmation of when they should close the doors from from the store’s head office.
It’s understood the outlet employs two part time workers and three full time members of staff.
Regular Ness shopped Jean Macrae expressed her sadness after learning of the store’s imminent closure.
She said: “It’s a sign of the times.
“I know that Ness is maybe a bit dearer, but I like it.
“It’s sad when this happens to smaller stores — places which are not part of a huge global chain.”
James Stephen, BDO business restructuring partner for Ness said: “Despite Ness Clothing’s improving sales figures nationally over the last 12 months, a challenging trading environment has significantly affected the long-term viability of these three outlets.
“We are left with no option but to cease trading these stores. Regrettably, all staff at these stores will be made redundant.
“We encourage local shoppers and loyal Ness customers in Glasgow, Dundee and Livingston to visit the stores over the coming week to take advantage of the sales and discounts available on all items, with up to 70% off RRP.
“While further limited store closures are anticipated in the coming weeks, all remaining Ness Clothing stores continue to trade, with all staff retained, while a sale of the business is finalised.”
Independent women’s fashion store Ness operated 10 stores across Britain prior to entering administration.
The firm employed 105 members of staff.