THE boss of a doomed Huddersfield store today pleaded with other employers to find jobs for his staff.
The Tradex store at the Ringway Industrial Estate will close at the end of next month with the loss of 100 jobs.
Store manager Andrew Zbos said workers faced the prospect of a bleak Christmas and New Year.
The staff includes five departmental managers, 14 supervisors and several general assistants.
In an appeal to local employers, he said: "I cannot stress how much of an invaluable asset my fellow Tradex employees are.
"They are the most loyal, hardworking and dedicated individuals it has been my privilege to work alongside.
"The prospect of having to witness the demise and disbandment of a truly special team is not only gut-wrenching and heartbreaking, but also an unjust waste of resources.
"The only analogy that springs to mind is trying to imagine how Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson would feel at being told to sell each and every one of its players."
Mr Zbos urged employers who could help to phone him at the store on 01484 448000.
Nobody was available to comment on the closure plan at Tradex's head office at Pudsey, Leeds.
Tradex was launched in 1985 and opened its first superstore in Pudsey. It now has outlets in Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford, Hull, Lincoln, Preston and Nottingham, selling everything from biscuit barrels and perfume to mobility scooters and garden sheds.
The Huddersfield store opened in 2001 in premises previously occupied by DIY chain Focus Do It All.