Ziff approach to buy 70 former Barratt shops

Michael Ziff, the former owner of failed shoe shop chain Barratts and Priceless Shoes, has written to the landlords of 70 shops he would like to buy out of administration.

Barratts went bust earlier this month and Mr Ziff is still in discussion with the administrator, Deloitte. He bought 160 of Barratt's 280 stores when it first went into administration in 2009. It is thought many landlords will not be willing to agree a deal this time.