JD Sports is expected to appoint administrators for its Go Outdoors brand as business continues to be affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The chain has 67 UK stores and moves could affect the following stores in the Midlands.
JD Sports, which owns Go Outdoors, said in a statement that they had filed for court protection as they mull over what to do with the business.
The camping and hiking specialist's owner said a 10-day moratorium would ensure that creditors cannot take legal action without permission of the court.
JD Sports group bought Go Outdoors in 2016 for £112m and the chain employs around 2,400 people across the UK.
The chain has faced serious challenges during the coronavirus crisis but some of its problems pre-dated the pandemic.
They have become the latest retailer pushed to the brink during the crisis.
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