Debenhams to close six more stores permanently

Debenhams is to permanently close six more of its stores, with 320 people set to lose their jobs.

Outlets in Harrogate, Portsmouth, Staines, Weymouth and Worcester will all shut for good, while Debenhams says it has failed to agree a lease extension with the landlord of its Oxford Road store and it too will remain closed.

Geoff Rowley, joint administrator to Debenhams and Partner at FRP Advisory, said: “We continue to engage with interested parties over alternative proposals for the future of Debenhams, but inevitably the latest lockdown has had an effect on our plans for the wind-down of the business.

“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.”

FRP said it intends to reopen as many stores as possible to sell off stock and also continue winding down the business, but that it is in talks with “a number of third parties regarding the sale of all or parts of the business”.

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