Six Debenhams stores shut for good, but Suffolk branches plan to reopen
- Credit: Charlotte Bond
Debenhams has said it will permanently shut six stores — but stores in Suffolk and north Essex are spared and will still reopen.
The retailer's flagship Oxford Street shop along with stores in Portsmouth, Staines, Harrogate, Weymouth and Worcester will not reopen with the loss of 320 jobs.
The company started a liquidation process last month after failing to secure a last-minute rescue sale.
But the Debenhams stores in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester could still reopen after lockdown.
FRP Advisory, the insolvency firm overseeing the process, said it still intends to reopen as many stores as possible to sell off stock, despite coronavirus restrictions keeping non-essential retailers shut.
You may also want to watch:
Geoff Rowley, joint administrator to Debenhams and partner at FRP, said: “We regret the impact on those colleagues affected by today’s announcement and would like to thank all those who continue to keep the business trading in very difficult circumstances.”
The chain is continuing to sell off stock through online platforms.
- 1 Woman injured in crash on main road into Ipswich
- 2 ‘Bubbly’ teenager reported being raped the night she died
- 3 Former Ipswich bank premises snapped up
- 4 Teenager detained by police in Ipswich over attempts to flee Audi crash
- 5 Teen guilty of 'frenzied' knife attack on sleeping woman
- 6 Plans submitted to transform former Ipswich office into 75 flats
- 7 Cyclist taken to hospital after bus fails to stop at scene of crash
- 8 Police seize counterfeit perfume from Ipswich street trader
- 9 Ipswich man jailed for more than 5 years for running 'mouse' drug line
- 10 Strong interest expected in newspapers' former headquarters