Debenhams plans for reopenings from next week
Struggling department store, Debenhams is planning for its re-opening schedule to begin next week as three Northern Ireland shops open on Tuesday 8 June.
From 15 June in England, as many as 50 of its department stores will start to reopen. It had been reported that it would open 90 shops on the first day but the rest of its retail stores are now expected to follow just a few days later. Scotland and Wales will remain closed until their governments allow them to open.
Similar to other retailers from the industry, the company will be implementing strict social distancing and hygiene measures in line with the latest government guidance.
The first Debenham stores to re-open include a combination of town centre and shopping mall destinations with the stores in places such as Sheffield's Meadowhall mall, London's Bromley, coastal areas including Hastings, Weymouth and Bournemouth, and in Harrogate and Leeds all.
The Oxford Street, London flagship isn’t on the list of stores to open from next week.
Debenhams MD Steven Cook said: “From the installation of perspex screens at till points to the rollout of social distancing procedures and PPE, we have been working hard to ensure our colleagues and customers can work and shop with confidence.
“Our reopening plans follow the successful conclusion of lease negotiations on 120 stores, meaning that the vast majority of our stores will be reopening.”
Last month, Debenhams said it will cut hundreds of head office jobs as it looks to drive a turnaround in profitability.
Debenhams was already struggling before the lockdown and fell into administration on 9 April in a protective measure against creditors demanding their money.
Since the coronavirus pandemic shut all non-food retailers, the department store has announced the permanent closure of at least 12 stores, with thousands of job losses.
– Stores reopening in Northern Ireland on June 8:
– Stores reopening in England on June 15:
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