RETAIL workers are under threat of redundancy after one city centre store shut down and two more face closure.
Underwear shop La Senza, at Trinity Walk shopping centre, closed after the business went into administration.
And clothing business Peacocks has appointed administrators and may close its store, also at Trinity Walk.
Talks are now being held to save budget clothing retailer Bonmarche, which has a shop on Westmorland Street, from going bust.
Retail bosses have warned of a tough year ahead after the UK crisis worsened, raising fears of job losses across the district.
Barbara Winston, Ridings Shopping Centre centre manager, said: “It is sad to see retailers having to bring in administrators, unfortunately it is going to be a tough year for retail and this may have an impact on more high street brands.”
La Senza sold 60 branches to retail group Alshaya UK Limited, but the Trinity Walk store was among those that closed. Nationally, 1,500 jobs have been lost.
Peacocks struggled to restructure debts of £240m and has appointed administration firm KPMG, which will decide which stores could close down.
Wakefield MP, Mary Creagh said: “Peacocks is a big name in Trinity Walk and my thoughts are with the staff whose jobs may be at risk.”
Bon Marche, which is part of the Peacocks group, said it was in talks with a potential buyer.