Pushed over the edge by COVID-19 lockdowns, British department store Debenhams plans to permanently close remaining stores by May 15. The retailer has already closed 52 store closures by May 8. May 15 closures will include stores in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Swansea Since entering liquidation process in December, Debenhams has been holding closing down sales, offering up to 80 per cent discount on fashion and homeware.
Though it will shut physical stores in the UK, its online operations will continue under the administration of online fashion retailer Boohoo. Debenhams was founded in 1778 as a single store in London and grew to 178 locations across those countries, also owning the Danish department store chain Magasin du Nord. In its final years, its headquarters were within the premises of its flagship store in Oxford Street, London. The range of goods sold includes clothing, household items, and furniture.