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Republic stores call in administrators
Fashion retailer Republic has collapsed into administration, putting the future of its Watford branch into doubt.
The men’s and women’s fashion line has a unit in The Harlequin shopping centre and another in St Albans.
Administrators Ernst & Young say 150 staff in the firm’s head office in Leeds have already been made redundant.
Hunter Kelly, one of the newly-appointed administrators, said: "The brand Republic is well recognised, particularly in the North.
"It has a powerful website offering, owns well-known brand names, and has some very attractive and profitable stores."
The Leeds-based retailer has 121 stores and about 2,500 staff.