An estimated 1,800 jobs are at risk at high-street fashion chain Select after the company went into administration.
The retailer has 169 stores across the UK, including 17 in the North East. There are branches in a number of locations across the region, including Sunderland, Seaham, South Shields, North Tyneside, Hartlepool and Billingham.
Select, which has an annual turnover of £77million, has not made any redundancies as a result of the administration announcement. Options are currently being assessed for the future of the business.
Quantuma has been appointed as the administrator.
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 retailer is currently owned by Turkish entrepreneur Cafer Mahiroglu, who bought the business out of administration in 2008.
Last year, Select resorted to a company voluntary arrangement to slash its rent bill, but "high street conditions" have had an impact on the success of its turnaround plans.
There are branches of select in the following North East locations:
Station Road, Ashington
Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland
The Derwent Centre, Consett
Manor Walk Shopping Centre, Cramlington
Cornmill Shopping Centre, Darlington
Trinity Square, Gateshead
Middleton Grange, Hartlepool
Newton Aycliffe Shopping Centre
Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough
Yoden Way, Peterlee
Byron Place, Seaham
King Street, South Shields
Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland
The Forum Shopping Centre, Wallsend
The Galleries, Washington
Park View Shopping Centre, Whitley Bay