Debenhams shuts its doors for good

Debenhams has today confirmed the last of its stores will close for the final time tomorrow as it encouraged shoppers to take advantage of remaining discounts.      

The department store launched a post-lockdown fire sale before the collapsed chain shutters its stores, marking the end of a 243-year presence in Britain's towns and cities. 

It collapsed at the end of last year, with the closure of all its stores confirmed after Boohoo agreed to only buy its website and brand in a £55 million rescue deal.

Its remaining 28 stores will shut for good on May 15 following its liquidation, with earlier closures throughout May seeing an additional 73 shops close.

Shoppers can still snap up 80 per cent off and home and up to 70 per cent off  and fragrance products until tomorrow.        

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Debenhams has today confirmed the last of its stores will close for the final time tomorrow as it encouraged shoppers to take advantage of any remaining discounts

 Debenhams has today confirmed the last of its stores will close for the final time tomorrow as it encouraged shoppers to take advantage of any remaining discounts

The department store had launched a post-lockdown fire sale before the collapsed chain shutters its stores, marking the end of a 243-year presence in Britain's towns and cities

The department store had launched a post-lockdown fire sale before the collapsed chain shutters its stores, marking the end of a 243-year presence in Britain's towns and cities

Debenhams' collapse into liquidation ended a 243-year history on the UK high street.

It tumbled over in the same week as Topshop owner Arcadia, with the two failures putting around 23,000 people out of work.

The appalling toll of job losses was on a par with the collapse of Woolworths in 2008, which cost 25,000 jobs.

The closure of the two mega-brands also left a gaping hole in the heart of towns up and down the country, where high streets are already in decline.

The online business of Debenhams, which was founded off Bond Street in London in 1778, and its brands was sold for £55million to online upstart Boohoo in January.  

Although the pandemic sealed its fate, the department store's woes had built up over decades as it failed to keep up with changing trends and locked itself into long, expensive leases.

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Debenhams said the closing down sale was the last chance for customers to say goodbye to their local shop 'before sadly our stores close for good'.    

It collapsed at the end of last year, with the closure of all its stores confirmed after Boohoo agreed to only buy its website and brand in a £55 million rescue deal

It collapsed at the end of last year, with the closure of all its stores confirmed after Boohoo agreed to only buy its website and brand in a £55 million rescue deal 

Stores have closed steadily throughout the month, with 27 shops in England and Wales shutting on May 2 and 4 and another 21 closing on May 12.  

The chain's 15 Scottish stores and the flagship on London's Oxford Street will not reopen. 

A spokesman 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 up to 80 per cent off across our remaining stores, customers are urged to shop now while stocks last.

'Debenhams will close its doors on the high street for the final time in its 242-year history.

'Our sincere thanks go out to all of our colleagues and customers who have joined us on this journey.

'We hope to see you all one last time in stores before we say a final goodbye to the UK high street.'    

Which Debenhams stores are closing tomorrow? 

Here is the list of stores which will close on May 15:

Basildon Basingstoke Belfast Birmingham Bullring Brighton Bristol Bromley Cardiff Chelmsford Cheshire Oaks Colchester Coventry Exeter Hanley Lakeside Leeds White Rose Liverpool Manchester Manchester Trafford Meadowhall Merry Hill Newcastle Newry Plymouth Romford Rushmere Sheffield Swansea

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The rise and fall of Debenhams: From modest female outfitters to star-studded launches with and Gemma Atkinson... how 242-year-old retail chain met its demise in 2020

By Mark Duell for MailOnline 

Debenhams has been a mainstay on UK high streets for 242 years, but is now set to shut its doors for good.

In 1778 William Clark opened a drapers store on 44 Wigmore Street in central London, selling expensive fabrics, bonnets, gloves and parasols.

The business had a modest start in life, with Mr Clark continuing to run the single store until meeting a potential investor.

William Debenham formed a partnership with the store owner in 1813, pumping funds into the business which then became Clark & Debenham.

Five years later it opened its first store outside the capital, in Cheltenham, and started to dramatically expand.

The business became Clark & Debenham, after William Clark opened a drapers store in 1778 on 44 Wigmore Street in London. Mr Clark had initially opened the shop selling expensive fabrics, bonnets, gloves and parasols, before it was renamed

The business became Clark & Debenham, after William Clark opened a drapers store in 1778 on 44 Wigmore Street in London. Mr Clark had initially opened the shop selling expensive fabrics, bonnets, gloves and parasols, before it was renamed

Glamour model Gemma Atkinson launches an Ultimo store within Debenhams in Belfast in December 2007

Glamour model Gemma Atkinson launches an Ultimo store within Debenhams in Belfast in December 2007

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