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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 May, 2005, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Allders store closing its doors
Allders' Oxford Street store
Allders went into administration in January this year
The Allders department store in Leeds - once reputed to be the biggest outside London - closes down on Sunday.

The firm went into administration in January and the city centre store has been handed back to its landlords for a new development.

Store director Ken Baldwin said it was a sad day as the store had been part of his life for many years.

He said: "It is a difficult day. We have people who have worked here since they left school,".

The store, in Headrow, was built in 1931.

Mr Baldwin added: "It is part of the heritage in Leeds and a landmark building.

"I think the outside of the building will be left as it is but I would think the inside would be gutted.

"There is a large brass staircase and marble floors that are irreplaceable."

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