HIGH-STREET fashion chain Select, which has stores in Golden Square and Birchwood Shopping Centre, has plunged into administration, putting 1,800 jobs at risk.

The value ladies' fashion retailer targets 18 to 35-year-olds and has an annual turnover of £77 million.

It is owned by Turkish entrepreneur Cafer Mahiroglu who bought the business out of administration in 2008.

The announcement comes almost a year after the store resorted to a company voluntary arrangement to slash its rent bill.

High street conditions have impacted the outlet's attempts to deliver on the turnaround plan, after posting a £15.5 million loss for the 18 months to December 2017.

No redundancies have been made as a result of the administration, while options for the future of the business, including a possible sale, are currently being assessed.

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Andrew Andronikou, joint administrator at Quantuma, said: "We will continue to trade Select whilst we assess all options available to the business, with the aim of achieving the optimum outcome for all stakeholders.

"Options include a sale of the business as a going concern, in addition to entering into discussions with those parties who have already expressed interest in acquiring the business."

The administration comes amid a period of turmoil for high-street fashion retailers, as they face rising costs and falling sales.

Philip Green's Arcadia fashion empire is exploring a CVA to turn around his Topshop group, while department store Debenhams announced plans last month to close 22 stores.