All Debenhams stores across the UK will be permanently closed by the end of next week. Shoppers will no longer be able to buy the brand’s products
All Debenhams stores across the UK will be permanently closed by the end of next week. Shoppers will no longer be able to buy the brand’s products in stores, but will shop them online on Boohoo’s website instead.
Debenhams has revealed that its remaining UK stores are to shut forever next week.
The department store chain’s stores started to close earlier this year, with 49 branches now remaining across the country.
Some of these 49 stores will shut their doors forever next Wednesday, 12 May, while the rest will close on Saturday, 15 May.
After these dates, no Debenhams store will remain on the British high street.
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There remains up to 80 percent off all fashion and home items and up to 70 percent off all beauty and fragrance products while stocks last.
A Debenhams spokesperson said: “We are now heading into the final days of our closing down sale and this is the very last chance for our customers to take advantage of some incredible deals.”
With the closure of all its stores, 12,000 jobs will be lost at Debenhams.
However, the clothing retailer is not disappearing altogether.
Debenhams bosses sold the brand to online retailer Boohoo for £55million earlier this year, in January 2021.
The company is expected to incorporate Debenhams products to its own ranges later this year, and they will be available for customers to buy online.
Boohoo CEO John Lyttle said: “Our newly acquired brands are being re-energised and made relevant for today’s consumer across a broader market demographic.
“We are very excited about their potential and are already seeing the early rewards from their growth.”
Debenhams will leave a huge hole in the British high street as the retailer has been around for almost 250 years.
It traces its roots back to 1778, when William Clark established a drapers store on Wigmore Street in west London.
Its current name stems from 1813 when William Debenham invested in the company, which became Clark & Debenham.
Months of closures and the rise of online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic has meant that many retail companies have been forced to close after going bust, with Debenhams being one of them.
Debenhams stores closing on 12 May
Debenhams stores closing on 15 May
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