Berketex Bride went into Administration this week in another collapse on the High Street, with 15 stores closing almost overnight.

A message pops up on the Bertex Bridge website stating :

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In an odd twist, the companies Facebook page which includes a logo celebrating 50 years of being in business provides slightly more information on the fate of the company with a notice from the administrators that the company has ceased trading:

BRIDAL FASHIONS LIMITED T/A BERKETEX BRIDE NOTICE

Proposed administration
This company has ceased to trade with immediate effect. This shop, and all other outlets trading as Berketex Bride, will be closed from 13 November 2018 and will not re-open.
The closure has caught many Wedding Couples off guard with Berketex Bride still taking bookings and fittings right up until last week. 
The Bridal Fashion industry tends to include a large amount of pre-payments and deposits for Wedding Dresses, meaning a large number of Brides will now be without their Dresses for their big day despite parting with their cash:

The Chain had a major presence in nearly every City in the UK, with the Manchester Store being based in the historic Debenham’s building and hosting shop displays on the expensive dresses each week.

The insolvency firm in charge of the administration has asked customers to contact themselves to try and resolve as many matters as possible:

“Wilson Field appreciates that this will be distressing for the customers of the company and will deal with individual queries as quickly as possible, however we anticipate a high volume of calls and therefore ask for your patience in advance,” it said.

Anyone who has purchased items that have not yet been received should telephone 0114 3491388.

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