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Debenhams reveals store closures this month

Debenhams will close 19 stores this month DEBENHAMS has revealed which 19 of its department stores will be shutting across the country this month. The branches will close between January 11-19 after the company entered administration in April last year. Around 600 jobs will be lost as a result. In total, Debenhams is expecting to…

Debenhams will close 19 stores this month

Debenhams will close 19 stores this month

DEBENHAMS has revealed which 19 of its department stores will be shutting across the country this month.

The branches will close between January 11-19 after the company entered administration in April last year. Around 600 jobs will be lost as a result.

In total, Debenhams is expecting to close 50 stores in 2020. It was reported last spring that Swindon’s iconic town centre shop would not be among them.

When the closures were first planned last year Terry Duddy, executive chairman for the company, said: “Debenhams has a clear strategy and a bright future, but in order for the business to prosper, we need to restructure the group’s store portfolio and its balance sheet, which are not appropriate for today’s much changed retail environment.

“Our priority is to save as many stores and as many jobs as we can, while making the business fit for the future.”

Overall 1,200 jobs are expected to be lost.

Full list of store closures:

January 11:

Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Birmingham The Fort

Kirkcaldy, Fife

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

Wandsworth, London

Wolverhampton

January 15:

Chatham, Kent

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Slough, Berkshire

Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham

Welwyn, Herfordshire

Witney, Oxfordshire

January 19:

Ashford, Kent

Canterbury, Kent

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Folkestone, Kent

Southport, Merseyside

Southsea, Portsmouth

Wimbledon, London

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