Bosses at Select store in Scunthorpe Foundry centre looking for new premises in town
The decision by bailiffs to temporarily close down a women's fashion store in Scunthorpe's Foundry Shopping Centre was said to be due to "an unfortunate administrative misunderstanding".
The six employees at the Select store reported for work at 9am on Saturday to find they had been locked out and closing down notices placed in the windows by bailiffs from Warrington
The store, which has traded in the town for 11 years, resumed business at 3.30pm on Monday, after the owner returned from a business trip to the Far East.
Cafer Mahiroglu, who took over the 131-strong fashion chain in 2007, later confirmed he had renewed the lease for a further 12 months.
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Mr Mahiroglu said: "Following an unfortunate administrative misunderstanding, we were temporarily prevented from opening.
"This was as a consequence of my being in the Far East on business and being unable to complete the new lease until my return today.
"Our landlord knew that it was our imminent intention to complete. But for whatever reason, the landlord took steps to prevent us from opening.
"I am pleased to be able to confirm that we have overcome this misunderstanding and have re-opened our store.
"We look forward to continuing to offer the ladies of Scunthorpe our excellent quality clothing, footwear and accessories at our hugely discounted prices."
Mr Mahiroglu revealed the company was currently looking for an alternative site for the store within the town centre, and said: "We remain committed to the future of Scunthorpe."
A spokeswoman for Workman, the consultants acting as managing agents for the Foundry owners at Zurich Insurance, said later: "The lease to Select was due for renewal in August and we have been encouraging the tenant to take another lease for some time as the store is a valued addition to the Foundry.
"We are pleased that this is now completed."